• Russian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2308

    Russian Art

    23 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 26

    David Burliuk (1882-1967)

    Marussia in Japan

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    David Burliuk (1882-1967)
    Marussia in Japan
    signed 'Burliuk' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    20¾ x 14¾ in. (52.7 x 37.5 cm.)

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    with Harbor Gallery, Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island (label on a board attached to the reverse).

    Pre-Lot Text

    David Burliuk is a highly prolific twentieth-century artist who resists categorization due to the fact that his style of painting was constantly evolving during his sixty-year long career and to the fact that he was active in many different countries including Germany, Russia, Japan, and finally the United States. The reasons for his success varied widely--in Germany he exhibited with the Blue Rider group, in pre-Revolutionary Russia he was known for his groundbreaking contributions to the art and poetry of the avant-garde, and in Japan he organized several group and solo shows, which were largely successful due to his reputation as 'the Father of Russian Futurism.' However, this fame did not immediately follow him to the United States. After his arrival in New York in 1922, he struggled to survive, but he would eventually gain a significant following in America and would end up widely exhibiting his paintings up until two years before his death in 1967. The 1965 introductory note for Burliuk's final exhibition, Farewell Exhibition of New Paintings which was held at the ACA Gallery in New York, poignantly summarizes the artist's career: 'Through the years, Burliuk has traveled the world over, painting in many countries and returning with the fruits of his labors to give many memorable exhibitions. Today, a Burliuk evokes a glowing and vibrant recollection of his early years, as well as his enduring love of nature. His brilliantly colored canvases are ablaze with vitality and the joy of living.'

    Christie's is pleased to offer a several paintings by Burliuk from various periods of his long career, which illustrate his particular joie de vivre and the diversity of his artistic technique.


    Possibly, Sirakiya, Father of Russian Futurism, David Burliuk, 10-14 May 1922, no. 55.
    San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum, David Burliuk, 3 December 1932-1 January 1933, no. 41, as 'Mrs. M.B.'.