Vladimir Burliuk (1886-1917)
Watercolor and pencil on Paper
A member of the avant-garde Jack of Diamonds group, Vladimir Burliuk (1886-1917), brother of the noted artist David Burliuk considered as father of Russian Futurism, had a short but active creative life. At the age of 31 he was killed in action during WWI. In addition to his drawings and paintings he was an active illustrator, providing drawings to Futurist publications printed in Moscow. His sketch entitled Femme from 1913 has no apparent link to the cubist or futurist avant-garde styles of the period other than the fact that it is a spontaneous caricature of a buxom woman; a contour sketch with no association to traditional realistic artistic values.