28 нояб. 2008
Easter Feast signed and dated 1926
Oil on canvas, 80 by 100 cm.
Provenance: Private collection, Europe.
The mid 1920s represented an extremely fruitful period for the creative oeuvre of George Lapchine. Having finally returned to Paris in the early 1920s, he rapidly achieved fame, travelling around the whole of Europe creating an enormous number of impressionist paintings and bright, cheerful still lifes. One such example was Easter Feast. It was executed on the most important holiday of the Russian Orthodox church, and is devoid of any burden of nostalgia for his homeland. With his characteristic zest for life he produces a cosy image of an artist’s milieu. The festively laid table is adorned with a splendid bouquet of bright peonies, and the traditional Easter cake is juxtaposed with a golden lemon and slices of pineapple.
In his free impressionistic style we can perceive the potent influence of French masters of the early 20th century. Lapchine encountered their work back in 1906, when Cormond and Lermitte came to Paris to train after their graduation from the Stroganov College. Three years later, already a master, Lapchine returned to Moscow and took part in the exhibition of the Independents Group (1910), and also became a founder and habitué of the exhibitions of the “Free Creation” society (1911 to 1917). Working a great deal and very successfully, Lapchine took part in the shows of the “Union of Artists and Painters of Moscow” (1918), those of the “Peredvizhniki” (1922), and also the “Russian Art Exhibition” in Berlin (1922). From 1925, already living permanently in France, Lapchine became an exhibitor of the “French Society of Arts” and of the “Salon des Independents”.
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