Увидеть и дать образ тому, что обличия не имеет1. Геннадий Устюгов и Валентин Самарин — специфика их художественного видения
To see and to picture something without a form. Gennady Ustyugov and Valentine Samarin and specific nature of their approach to art
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The research material for the article comprises artistic output of two renowned artists of the Leningrad underground, namely a painter and poet Gennady Ustyugov and a photographer and abstractionist painter Valentine Samarin. Ustyugov’s deeply philosophical painting, which to a certain extent fits into the experience of the Russian symbolism and Old Russian icons and frescos, enables us to conclude that the eyesight of the artist enables him to reach transcendental space. It is where he saw and presented in his paintings an ideal of a lady, girl, maiden, who under the flexible, fluid line of the artist evolved and revealed itself as an angel or a wanderer pilgrim. In Ustyugov’s lyric miniatures, the lonely, alienated, and full of yearning self continuously searches for the beloved lady. Although the sight of the lyric self found the ideal several times, it was not given a chance to enjoy a closer encounter and share his life with her. While registering the reality surrounding him, his eyes concentrate on the beauty of God’s world of nature, but it is a view of a child who recognises what is minute, small, insignificant and unnoticeable. An artist abstractionist Valentine Samarin armed his sight with a photographic camera and focused on people and objects from the world of art. In his unique photographs SANKI, he in-tuitively or fully intentionally matured in the process of watching and in the process of creation preserved those meta-dimensions, internal energy of transcendental being invisible for an eye, and particular importance about which he was deeply convinced.
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