Ivan Kliun

Matignon Gallery

This show furthered the exposure of New York audiences to the rigorous, sophisticated sensibility of Ivan Kliun, a leading member of the Russian avant-garde whose work is still relatively unknown here. Born in Kiev in 1870, he belonged chronologically to the generation of Russian Post-Impressionists and Symbolists represented respectively by Alexandre Benois and Victor Borissov-Mussatov, both of whom were also born in that year. Kliun, however, after studying art in Kiev, Moscow, and Warsaw and going through a Symbolist phase, in about 1910 chose to ally himself esthetically with the next, younger generation, the so-called “avant-garde.” It included Kasimir Malevich, Michel Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, Vladimir Tatlin, Alexandra Exter, Olga Rosanova, and Lyubov Popova; with these artists, Kliun went the route of the “cutting edge,” and like them his interests focused on the most daring

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