White Picture

Artist: Pavel Filonov
Date: 1919
Media: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 72 x 89 cm
Ownership: Russian Museum, St Petersburg
Museum of Artistic Culture, Leningrad (until 1926)
White Picture


This painting belongs to a cycle of approximately twenty-two pictures by Pavel Filonov known as the Chant of the Universal Blooming series. This was the artist’s vision of the restoration of harmony to human existence, in keeping with his own personal theory of a new dawn. Filonov's anti-urbanist sentiments were expressed in his calls to get closer to nature and to create art according to the laws of nature. In this sense, White Picture is a symbol of the artist’s incarnation of the universe.

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