June 28th - July 10th 2007. “Matisse” Schoolgirl – Vera Glinka”.

On June 28th, 2007 the SOVCOM Art Gallery will hold an exhibition “Matisse’ Schoolgirl – Vera Glinka”. During two weeks visitors will have an opportunity to see picturesque artworks created by the niece of the famous composer M.I. Glinka, namely her early artworks, paintings of the Parisian series created during 1910-12-s, as well as portraits, and landscapes dated 1930-s.

Vera Nikolaevna Glinka received fundamental education in art at Moscow College of Arts, Sculpture and Architecture, where she studied under K.A. Savitsky, A.E. Arkhipov and K.A. Korovin. Here under the guidance of outstanding masters the artist learned basics of the academic painting and became familiar with traditions of the Russian realistic school. Her creative development and individual style were much influenced by fauvism, concepts of which were conceived by her during study in Paris under Henri Matisse, the founder of the style. From her French master she adopted the idea of searching direct transfer of sensations by means of intensive color. However, unlike Matisse she has never resorted to the simplified painting and the plane imaging. Glinka's creativity, as well as Matisse's painting, have never been speculative, but based on detailed studying of nature and laws of painting.

The artist creative development can be tracked by example of her artworks displayed at the exhibition. In the artworks of the Parisian series created during her study in France under the Matisse’ guidance, one can perceive the linear basics and structural forms. During 1910-s living in the environment of impudent searches and creative innovations of the Parisian bohemia, Glinka created mysterious and weightless images, like flocks of fog steeping Montmartre. Her artworks “The Branch of Blossoming Apple-tree”, “Portrait of Lady with Fan”, “Windy Day”, created during 1910-12-s, remind us of the Matisse’ words: “Painting is a luxury in the world where poverty reigns”. Preserving acute manner of painting, strict prospect and classical composite construction in her works, she actively uses local colors following the Matisse's appeal: “… back to beautiful dark blue, beautiful red, beautiful yellow …”. Sonority of color accents of her artworks is harmoniously combined with ease of pastel tones. In the second half of 1930-s Glinka created the Kirghiz cyclus consisting of nature images of this region and portrait images of people living nearby mountain plains. Among the most typical artworks of this cyclus are: “Mountains of Kirghizia”, “Sisters-Uigurs”, “Portrait of a Kirghiz” will be exhibited. During the same time the artist created numerous nature landscapes of Middle Russia: “Spring trees” (1934), “Picking up mushrooms” (1935), "Decline of the Day" (1934), "Oaks" (1940).

The artworks by Vera Nikolaevna Glinka displayed at the exhibition will be interesting for experts, collectors, art amateurs, as well as to the broad audience of art connoisseurs. Visitors are welcome to the exhibition from June 28th till July 12th, 2007.