Vasily Ermilov: Ukrainian Malevich

A new exhibition at the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum focuses on the work of Vasily Ermilov, a lesser-known member of the Moscow Avant-garde. Ermilov studied under Ilya Mashkov, Pyotr Konchalovsky, and other artists associated with the Jack of Diamonds group at the Moscow School of Painting Sculpture and Architecture. Browsing a gallery of his work from the show, you can see the artist’s progression from a cubo-futurist style to constructivism. Many of Ermilov’s different modes seem to correspond closely with the work of more famous artists (Picasso, Malevich, Bolotowsky). His most unique pieces – judging strictly from the galleries online – might be his designs for the Palace of Pioneers and young Octoberists in Kharkhov, which call on his training in decorative art.   

An article at Voice of Russia sums up what makes Ermilov such an interesting case:

“Judging by the success Ermilov’s works of the twenties have enjoyed in Europe, the artist’s fate could have taken quite a different turn. If he emigrated from the USSR at the right time, like his classmate and associate David Burlyuk did, now his name could most probably head the list of the most well-known avant-garde artists.”

Vasily Ermilov will run through July 22nd. You can read more about the show here and here. 


Author: Barry O'Keefe

Artist/printmaker from Richmond, Va

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