Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Meet the Artist - Vladimir Volegov: 2015, Part 2

I continue my exploration of the works of Vladimir Volegov, a master of color, light, and perspective. I will describe the salient points of his works, always providing in the image a direct link to the artist's website for that work, in case you would like to purchase a print or poster.

The Meeting with Autumn

A classic Volegov, the apparent focus of the scene is the leaf, displaying a color not otherwise seen. Indeed, the focus is further highlighted by the fact that the woman is gazing upon it in contemplation. But as we linger in the image, we see a pathway our mind wants to explore, as well as the modest and beautiful woman herself. This is a scene of serenity and peace.

Golden Silk of Leaving Summer

It is a scene immediately provocative as our eyes are drawn to the bare left shoulder, the strap having fallen. But as we further digest the image, we see that she looks off to her right from within shadows falling on her upper body, while her lower body is bathed in bright sunlight. Is she looking at that book? Actually, can she even see it from her perspective? The flow of her hair implies tresses down her back that we cannot see. Volegov contrasts the lavender of her top, flowing into the whiteness of her skirt, set upon the blue of the fabric upon which she sits.

Sunset at Sardinia Coast

I notice that the "focus" of a Volegov is not ordinarily dead center in the picture. She is a splash of color, interested in something on the ground to her left. But there is nothing there to catch our eye.

Amsterdam: Moments

Most of Volegov's works have a woman as the subject in some setting. The occasional landscapes in his repertoire are therefore worthy of study. He tends to be more impressionist when there is not a human in the image. But yet the scene seems to shift between impressionism and photo-realism.

Enjoying Amsterdam

Again, the subject is off center, looking at something of interest we cannot see. The river forms a path into the horizon. Lovely.

Woman in Love

This is a very important piece. The artist himself has this picture as the main banner of his Facebook page, showing his own pride in it.

Even if we did not know the title, we would know the subject matter. Her head is back in abandon, her eyes closed in wonder. The woman's body is stretched upon the bed so as to almost pull her breasts, symbols of her sexual desire, into our view. Her hand rests upon her body, not exactly in self-pleasure, but certainly in contemplation of her longing.

The One Who Creates Dreams

Volegov does not paint many nudes. This is an exquisite and tasteful presentation of the female form. Typical of his style, there is an element of color in the picture that momentarily draws our attention. but his actual subject, set slightly off center, is the real focus. She is serenely beautiful, her bare breasts caressed by the shadows in the scene, her hips hugged by an iridescent fabric.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Meet the Artist - Vladimir Volegov: 2015, Part 1

Volegov is a master of light, color, and perspective. I will describe the salient points of his works, always providing in the image a direct link to the artist's website for that work, in case you would like to purchase a print or poster.


A Magic Moment I Remember
We see here the center of a scene is a balance between the woman and the pillar/flowerpot. Typical of Volegov, there is only one notable splash of color, here provided by the purple flowers. The woman wears a flowing white dress, expressing purity, which we can also see in her serene face. Light shines pointedly beyond her, illuminating the area between her chin and her breasts. The light, in fact, forms a halo around her head, further drawing us into that peaceful place. Her gaze, as is frequently the case in a Volegov, is somewhere else. She is deep in contemplation, and as we linger in scene, so are we. 

An Andalusian Story
In contrast to the painting above, this is not a woman at peace. Her hand strikes a pained pose at her temple. Along her profile we see some combination of anger and sorrow on her face. The color in the scene comes to us in the red of her skirt and hair-tie. Everything else in our view is a muted earth-tone. This woman is hurting, and the master Volegov has put us there so completely that my heart aches that I cannot comfort her.

A perfect marriage between the title and the image. This woman may very well be asleep, so completely does Volegov depict her abandon upon this bed. The purple and red fabrics draping her nude body and flowing beneath her legs are as if primordial waters coursing and caressing her.

Twilight in Tossa de Mar
Volegov is such a master of the human form, that viewing the view landscapes or city scenes he produces is an interesting experience. It is notable that he here does not use the impressive nearly photo-realistic technique he is clearly capable of. The scene pulls us down that alley, which fades into a jumble of people and darkness. but just before, to the left, we see a brightly-lit colonnade. The sole distinct human figure in the frame is walking briskly past it, seemingly unconcerned with what, from our perspective is an object of interest. Volegov is a genius.

Family Portrait Olga with Children

This is a truly remarkable painting. Quite atypical of a usual Volegov, the boy is breaking the fourth wall and looking directly at us, the viewer of the painting. The little girl is unconcerned with the book, looking off to her left, but tenderly pressed against her mother. Only the woman, Olga, has gaze fixed on the book she is ostensibly reading to the two children. She is modestly presented in a full length dress, displaying an exquisite combination of colors. From the spaghetti straps of the gown, and her golden tresses flowing over her left shoulder, to the tilt of her legs, she is, like so many Volegov subjects, a captivating woman of alluring beauty. And yet, placed in this scene, she is as if the Madonna with Child. 

I will continue my exploration of Volegov's 2015 works in another post very soon.

Learning Latin with Pope Francis - June 19, 2016

To visit my archive of Latin Papal Tweets, go to my main page. 

June 19, 2016 

Literal translation of the Latin: We bring together our prayers with those of our brothers who begin today the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church in Crete.

As an Orthodox Christian, I appreciate the sentiment. It is interesting to note that, literally and grammatically, the English tweet prays for all Orthodox Christians, even women who, not being bishops, have no actual role in the Council. Even so, inasmuch as the Council affects all, it is reasonable to pray for all on this occasion. The Latin tweet seems to specifically pray for the brother bishops who begin the Council. 

Here's how the Latin works:

Grammar Points
acc. pl. fem. noun
oratio, orationis
we bring together
1st pers. pl. pres. ind. act. verb
congerō, congerere, congessī, congestus
acc. pl. fem. adj.
modifies orationes; noster, nostra, nostrum
prep + abl.
abl. pl. demon. adj.
is, ea, id
of (our) brothers
gen. pl. masc. noun
frater, fratris
gen. pl. masc. adj.
modifies fratrum; noster, nostra. nostrum
nom. pl. relative pronoun
qui, quae, quod; subj. of incohant
the Holy
acc. sing. neuter adj.
modifies Consilium; sanctus, sancta, sanctum
acc. sing. neuter adj.
modifies Consilium; magnus, magna, magnum
acc. sing. neuter noun
consilium, consilii
of the Church
gen. sing. fem. noun
Ecclesia, Ecclesiae
gen. sing. fem. adj.
modifies Ecclesiae; orthodoxius, orthodoxia, orthodoxium
3rd. pers. pl. pres. act. ind. verb
incohō, incohāre, incohāvī, incohātus
prep. + abl.
abl. sing. fem. noun
Creta, Cretae