Exhibition "Unknown author"
Today in the Art na Mur Gallery, a doctor and art lover Ivan Senyuk presented paintings purchased by him in Paris in 2010. They are created by an unknown author in the style of abstract primitivism. This style involves a deliberate simplification of the picture, which makes its plot as primitive as a child's work or drawings of primitive people or folk artists. Moreover, the unknown artist imitated the drawings of French folk artists, we can also notice the influence of Paul Gauguin in his canvases.
The author of these paintings is unknown, but they perfectly depict the spirit of artistic Paris, in particular one of its districts - Montmartre.
In the late nineteenth century, Montmartre attracted artists with low housing prices. Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, and Toulouse-Lautrec lived and worked here. Poor artists and poets rented rooms in the Bato Lavoir barracks where there was no light or gas. The favorite meeting places of Parisian bohemians were the cabaret "Black Cat" and "Moulin Rouge". Today Montmartre is one of the most bohemian places in Paris. There are always many portrait painters, cartoonists and graphic artists. Montmartre is also home to the famous Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart).
The faces on these canvases are thoughtful, sometimes slightly ironic. They seemed to be thinking about the ephemerality of life. And it seems that they are not at all embarrassed by the inconsistency of the life, because they are well aware that there are eternal values that are not subject to time.
Welcome to the exhibition!