Dmitry Sannikov. The lost path of Belarusian cubism

Art-Belarus + Chrysalis Mag  | UNOVIS  |  SUPREMATISM  |  BELARUSIAN  |  21.07.2020

Dmitry Sannikov. The lost path of Belarusian cubism

Art-Belarus + Chrysalis Mag  | UNOVIS  |  SUPREMATISM  |  BELARUSIAN  |  21.07.2020

On July 21, the 'Direction of Movement' exhibition is opening at the 'Art-Belarus' Gallery. It will feature paintings of UNOVIS artists available through scannable QR codes. Together with the Gallery, Chrysalis Mag prepared a series of articles about the UNOVIS artists and their creative paths and the directions and trends set by this movement.

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Dmitry Sannikov — 'Mechanical man'
Paper, graphite pencil, simple pencil, ink / 30 x 24.5 cm / 1920s

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Dmitry Sannikov — 'Cubo-Futuristic Portrait'
Paper, graphite pencil, pencil, charcoal / 19.7 x 16.2 cm / 1920-1930

Dmitry Sannikov — 'Cubo-Futuristic Portrait'
Paper, graphite pencil, pencil, charcoal / 19.7 x 16.2 cm / 1920-1930

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Dmitry Sannikov
(1902-1970)

It isn't easy to imagine contemporary Vitebsk as one of the major centers of the international avant-garde scene. Still, it was one in the early 1920s — time when the UNOVIS movement brought together a great number of talented artists. And some of them — such as Kazimir Malevich and Mark Chagall — became famous all over the world.

Surely, they were not the only ones who made UNOVIS happen — however, some of the group members remained overshadowed by their celebrated contemporaries.  One of them was cubo-futurist Dmitry Sannikov.

Dmitry Sannikov was born in Vitebsk. In 1919, at the age of seventeen, he was admitted to the local People's Art School, which became a platform for the development of such avant-garde genres as cubism, suprematism, and constructivism. When UNOVIS was created, Dmitry Sannikov joined the group. However, this promising initiative dissolved as its participants scattered around the world. Sannikov went to study at the Leningrad Academy of Arts. After a brief period of training at the Academy, the artist got expelled and later joined the Red Army. His fate remains unknown.

Sannikov stands out among other cubist artists for the easiness with which he worked with colors and shapes. He uses clear and even contours, and a variety of geometric structures on the canvas. Unfortunately, just a small number of works, as well as biographical information about Dmitry Sannikov, have survived to our days.

Other works of Dmitry Sannikov

Other works of Dmitry Sannikov

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'Cubism'. Etude

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Cubist composition

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Composition

English translation: Tania Yermashkevich

Materials are taken from the personal sources of the 'Art-Belarus' Gallery & from the catalog of Kirov Regional State Budgetary Cultural Institution 'Vasnetsov Brothers Art Museum' — goskatalog.ru

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