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Harvard Students

Aleksandr Fayvisovich puts a fresh spin on Post-Impressionist painting. Born and raised in Moscow, he studied at the Moscow State Academic Art College under Victor Slatinsky (who is currently the Dean of Painting at the Moscow Art Institute) and benefitted from the mentoriship of Nikolai K. Solomin, a master of realism. Fayvisovich uses bright strokes of color that our eyes mix from afar, similarly to the Impressionists. Like Renoir, he often paints city scenes: people captured in natural light, unposed, as if caught unaware. In Harvard Students, above, the focal point of the painting is a young woman reading at a cafe on a sunny day. A few broad strokes of vivid green and brown capture her absorption in a book, while the edges of the painting remain blurry, out of focus.

by Aleksandr Fayvisovich

The still life of the violin above, however, is sharply delineated: a study of form. Here Fayvisovich empasizes sharp contours and clean geometric lines rather than color. This painting is also an experiment in perspective, as we see the soft brown reflection of the table and a sliver of dark brown of the violin in the clear glass half-filled with water.

Quiet Island by Aleksandr Fayvisovich

The painting Quiet Island, above, reveals yet another facet of the artist’s talent. Post-Impressionist in style and reminiscent in many respects of Cezanne’s style, in a few broad, rapid strokes of contrasting colors, Fayvisovich takes us back to the beauty and tranquility of nature. This is reflected not only in the serene, light blue water but also in the features of the young woman in the foreground. Wearing no clothes that viewers can see, she appears contemplative, peaceful, one with nature. The absence of gestures, or of movement in general, only reinforces the sense of tranquility of the natural environment.

Wine and Apples by Aleksandr Fayvisovich

Wine and Apples, above, combines several of Fayvisovich’s styles and strengths: the realist study of perspective of the glasses, knives, apples, tray and wine bottle on the table; the pop of bright colors; along with the broad angularity of form, somewhat less realistic in style, of the paper bag in the background.

In his use of bright, contrasting colors in figure painting, Fayvisovich emphasizes expression, emotion, mood and state of being. His still life studies, however–almost minimalist and understated in their color schemes–place emphasis upon shape and perspective.  And his sketches are studies in movement captured in a few fluid lines, similar to Rodin’s drawings. Reflecting versatility and talent, Aleksandr Fayvisovich’s paintings are a Post-Impressionist tour de force. You can view samples of the artist’s work on his website, below.


Claudia Moscovici, postromanticism.com