Born 1925

Moscow, Russia

Nonfigurative painter

Klara Nikolaevna Golitsyna was born in Moscow in 1925. She studied art at the famous Polygraphic Institute in Moscow, where she graduated in 1949.

From her first paintings, Klara showed her inspiration by the sharp and formal experiments of the Russian avantgarde of the 1920's and 1930s. Studying her paintings, one can observe the direct link to the art of this period. The strictly logical composition of objects and the sensuality of the colours are woven tightly together. High energy and effective, colourful impulses is what concerns her the most.

This approach for a long time proved negative to her career until the end of the 1980's, where she gained full recognition in the Russian art world. She is now considered the Alma Mater of "contemporary avantgarde" in Russia. Klara was one of the central artists in the monumental exhibition organized by the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg in 2001: "Abstraction in Russian Art of the 20th Century".

In her own words: "My principle is to follow intuition, feeling time. The basic stimulus to work is the unpredictability of the result. My latest aspiration is the logical construction, independent of the artist, the play of chances, the music of lines having given birth to continuing constructive sides of the subject…."

Klara's works are exhibited at the collections of the most important Russian art museums, including the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.


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