Erik Bulatov:
Picture "La Gioconda" (2006)

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Limited, 199 copies | Numbered | Hand signed | Reproduction, giclée on canvas | Stretcher | Model frame | Format 124 x 84 cm

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Erik Bulatov: Picture "La Gioconda" (2006)

In his work „Louvre – La Gioconda“ Bulatov painted in the signal red color a group of visitors in the Louvre. At the first glance it is hard to notice a somewhat different character of on of the visitors. The young man in the forefront notices Bulatov and shouts to him. At the back of the picture there is a subject of the interes: the most famous picture in the history of arts – “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci.

Giclée on canvas 2006 after the painting from 1997/98. Edition of 199 copies. Signed by hand on the front side, back-side numbering. stretched (Format 120 x 80 cm). in model frame with a gilded hidden joint. Format 124 x 84 cm.

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Art means freedom

The Russian painter Erik Bulatov was in a total artistic isolation in the Soviet Union. He was disconnected from any western development in contemporary art by the Iron Curtain. Any exchange with critics and audiences was impossible inside country, because Bulatov did not subordinate to the established rules and laws in the art of the Soviet Union and therefore did not exist at the official level. In this intellectual vacuum Bulatov, who earned his living as a children's book illustrator developed his own visual language, in which he critically processed the socialistic realism with Russian constructivism. In order to create for oppositional artists a possibility to present their work, Bulatov founded together with colleagues such as Ilya Kabakov and Oleg Vassiliev in the 1960s, the "Sretensky Boulevard Group", which later developed in the "Moscow conceptualists". But soon he began to feel the pressure from the state officials: one of the first exhibitions (1965) in Moscow, where he took part the first was, closed and banned after just one hour. Due to this experience Bulatov adresses to the liberating power of art: "It has always been my belief that the sphere of society has its limits, and the way to freedom leads just beyond the sphere of art, which lies beyond these limits. Certainly I know that this is not the universal way - for me it was always the only possible one ". Erik Bulatov was born in 1933 in Sverdlovsk, Ural. He studied at the Moscow School of Art and at the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow, which he left in 1958. Erik Bulatov is now one of the most important contemporary artists of Russia. In 2008 he was made an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts, he lives and works in Paris. His works were presented in the individual exhibitions in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris and the Centre Pompidou, in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and in the Kestner Community in Hannover.

Giclée = derived from the French verb gicler meaning "to squirt, spray".

Giclée method is a digital printing process. It is a high-resolution, large-format printout on an inkjet printer with special different coloured or pigment-based inks (usually six to twelve). The colours are light-fast, that is, resistant to harmful UV light. They have a high richness of nuance, contrast and saturation.

The Giclée process is suitable for real art canvas, handmade and watercolor paper and for silk.

Representation of typical scenes of daily life in painting, which can distinguish between peasant, bourgeois and courtly themes.

The genre reached its peak and immense popularity in the Dutch painting of the 17th century. In the 18th century, especially in France, the courtly and gallant painting comes to the fore while in Germany the bourgeois character was emphasised.

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