Artist’s Family, Kiev
E. Dymshyts, Kiev
Alexander Bogomazov – St Petersburg, State Russian Museum, 22 May – 22 July 2008 (p.77, ill.)
In the final years of his life, Alexander Bogomazov worked on a cycle of pictures with the same subject: Sawyers. Just one of them is familiar to the public today: Sharpening the Saws, a highlight of the National Museum of Ukrainian Art, Kiev. The second painting in the cycle, paint-loss, is kept in storage and visible only to specialists. Bogomazov died before he could compositional sketches survive, revealing how the work evolved. One of these, now in the James Butterwick Collection, is of great importance as the only known colour sketch. It gives us a detailed idea of the work’s intended palette, and of what the painting – and the triptych as a whole – was meant to look like.