Boris Fyodorovich Rybchenkov
Buryatia, Landscape With Mountain
oil on canvas
56 x 64.5 cm
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Rybchenkov’s painting Buryatia, Landscape with Mountain, as well as his other paintings of the Buryatia, Landscape With Mountain series, are directly linked to the Altai cycle of Alexander Drevin. Rybchenkov exhibited some of his paintings in all the Group of Thirteen exhibitions; the supple and fluid space of his works, the free play of colour and the extremely limited number of forms of expression used are also reminiscent of the French artists Marquet and Vlaminck. The almost monochromatic range of colours is characterized by a large number of transitions from one hue to another, particularly in the representation of the mountain, whose silhouette is not unlike that of an enormous whale. The cart in the foreground adds a human dimension to this almost cosmic landscape.