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Volodia Popov

Volodia Popov

The Luxor Museum of Art is proud to include the works of Volodia Popov in our exclusive collection: “The Luxor Museum Collection”

“A painting is a fellow who speaks of something that can only enter a human being through the eyes.”

Claude Simon

See bio below.

Volodia Popov-Massiaguine has tackled a variety of pictorial genres, exhibiting a particular talent for the female form and still-life’s. Thanks to a mixture of classical rigor and romantic fantasy, totally unaffected by any desire to copy others, Volodia Popov has turned his back on “realistic” illusion and expresses his feeling for life through a deliberate and lucid deformation of nature, thanks to a melancholic lyricism, to the mediation of dream world and fable. His works evolve in a magic atmosphere, in which predominates the inner life, meditation, aspirations to transcendence.

The enigma of womanhood, the surprise apparition of a portrait, the fairy tale quality of certain objects...for Vladimir Popov these mighty constants, which supply the foundation of his work, are at the same time potentials within which his poetic sense enjoys free play.

Each painting offers the viewer a sensual delight which offers introspective displacement thanks to an operation of magical enchantment.

Please is the rule. However, one should not misinterpret Volodia Popov’s objectives. It is not simply a question of esthetic enjoyment; rather it is a dialogue between melancholic sensibility and plastic beauty.

The compositions of Volodia Popov’s paintings are structured according to the laws of geometry, thanks to plane forms freed of all rigidly formal constraints.

No element seems to be superfluous. Purified, the composition facilitates the free movement of one’s gaze. From Byzantine iconography Volodia Popov has derived a form of composition with an inversed frontal perspective, which permits the viewer to concentrate on the figure, positioned in the very centre of the canvas in an often hieratic attitude. All realistic representation having been thus excluded, the viewer’s gaze is freed from the thralldom of semblance in order more easily to penetrate into a mysterious inner world.

A realization of how precarious is the equilibrium between the different elements of the composition reinforces the evanescent character of his painting.

Freed of every realistic and illustrative tendency, Volodia Popov uses a rich palette of colors with limitless warm hues. He thus plays with a vast variety of possibilities, without upsetting his permanent search for harmony.

The flesh tints are delicate, lines and colors blend, the relationships between hues are treated with a sure sense of nuance, light is introduced by subtle gradations of yellow and golden tones.

Far from rejecting his past, Volodia Popov has integrated his Russian heritage into his works thanks to a cosmopolitan view of art. His predilection for line and rhythm, his choice of colors, the frontal representation of his figures, the narrative enchantment of his paintings….are signs that need to interpreted in light of his Russian and Orthodox heritage.

Volodia Popov has brilliantly achieved a synthesis between Eastern and Western art, the figurative and the abstract, the real and the imaginary.

After Aperitif 100x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I9

After Aperitif 100x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I9

Ancel's Melody 100x65cm Acrylic On Canvas I6

Ancel's Melody 100x65cm Acrylic On Canvas I6

Antiquarian Subjects On An Old Chair 92x60cm Acrylic On Canvas  I26

Antiquarian Subjects On An Old Chair 92x60cm Acrylic On Canvas I26

Apples For Adam 80x80cm Acrylic On Canvas I1

Apples For Adam 80x80cm Acrylic On Canvas I1

Balance And 2 Fishes 65x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I15

Balance And 2 Fishes 65x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I15

Black And White 60x81cm Acrylic On Canvas I16

Black And White 60x81cm Acrylic On Canvas I16

Cards Castle 81x60cm Acrylic On Canvas I2

Cards Castle 81x60cm Acrylic On Canvas I2

Cocktail With Limon 92x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I2

Cocktail With Limon 92x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I2

Danaide 73x92cm Acrylic On Canvas I3

Danaide 73x92cm Acrylic On Canvas I3

Dialogue With A Mask 46x38cm Acrylic On Canvas I8

Dialogue With A Mask 46x38cm Acrylic On Canvas I8

Earring For Natasha 100x81cm Acrylic On Canvas I1

Earring For Natasha 100x81cm Acrylic On Canvas I1

Favorite Doll 116x81cm Acrylic On Canvas I9

Favorite Doll 116x81cm Acrylic On Canvas I9

Flamenco (triptych ) I6

Flamenco (triptych ) I6

Flamenco (triptych) 116x267 Acrylic On Canvas I5

Flamenco (triptych) 116x267 Acrylic On Canvas I5

Flamenco (triptych) I7

Flamenco (triptych) I7

Flora With The Cat 100x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I17

Flora With The Cat 100x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I17

Full Moon 80x80cm Acrylic On Canvas I1

Full Moon 80x80cm Acrylic On Canvas I1

Game Of Patience 130x89cm Acrylic On Canvas I3

Game Of Patience 130x89cm Acrylic On Canvas I3

Game With Oranges 116x81cm Acrylic On Canvas I8

Game With Oranges 116x81cm Acrylic On Canvas I8

Gift Of The Sea 65x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I19

Gift Of The Sea 65x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I19

Girl Playing With The Cat 100x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I5

Girl Playing With The Cat 100x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I5

Girl With A Cornflower 65x100cm Acylic On Canvas I24

Girl With A Cornflower 65x100cm Acylic On Canvas I24

In A Puppet Theater 92x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I13

In A Puppet Theater 92x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I13

In The Theatre 55x46cm Acrylic On Canvas I4

In The Theatre 55x46cm Acrylic On Canvas I4

Lamp On A Chair 100x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I8

Lamp On A Chair 100x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I8

Laying On A Bench 50x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I5

Laying On A Bench 50x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I5

Laying On A Bright Blanket 50x100 Acrylic On Canvas I6

Laying On A Bright Blanket 50x100 Acrylic On Canvas I6

Letter From Paris 60x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I25

Letter From Paris 60x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I25

Life Space 130x130cm Mixed Media I1

Life Space 130x130cm Mixed Media I1

Melancholie 36x24in Acrylic On Canvas I5

Melancholie 36x24in Acrylic On Canvas I5

Metamorphosis 46x29in Acrylic On Canvas I30

Metamorphosis 46x29in Acrylic On Canvas I30

Metamorphosises Flight 116x73cm  Acrylic On Canvas I11

Metamorphosises Flight 116x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I11

Metamorphosises Performance II 116x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I10

Metamorphosises Performance II 116x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I10

Morning In A Bath 41x27cm Acrylic On Canvas I4

Morning In A Bath 41x27cm Acrylic On Canvas I4

Morning Physical Exercise 100x81cm Acrylic On Canvas I14

Morning Physical Exercise 100x81cm Acrylic On Canvas I14

Mysterious With A Lemon 73x54cm Acrylic On Canvas I3

Mysterious With A Lemon 73x54cm Acrylic On Canvas I3

Night Butterfly 92x60cm Acrylic On Canvas I2

Night Butterfly 92x60cm Acrylic On Canvas I2

Odaliska III 100x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I13

Odaliska III 100x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I13

Oh La La 81x54cm Acrylic On Canvas I7

Oh La La 81x54cm Acrylic On Canvas I7

Old Paris 29x24in Acrylic On Canvas I20

Old Paris 29x24in Acrylic On Canvas I20

Old Paris II 50x50cm Acrylic On Canvas I21

Old Paris II 50x50cm Acrylic On Canvas I21

Pagan Goddess 130x89cm Acrylic On Canvas I4

Pagan Goddess 130x89cm Acrylic On Canvas I4

Party Still Life 81x65cm Acrylic On Canvas I3

Party Still Life 81x65cm Acrylic On Canvas I3

Pomegranate 65x54cm Acrylic On Canvas I22

Pomegranate 65x54cm Acrylic On Canvas I22

Portrait 81x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I9

Portrait 81x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I9

Portrait 81x60cm Acrylic On Canvas I8

Portrait 81x60cm Acrylic On Canvas I8

Portrait Of The Singer 130x89cm Acrylic On Canvas I10

Portrait Of The Singer 130x89cm Acrylic On Canvas I10

Red Cat 100x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I9

Red Cat 100x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I9

Red Fan 92x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I21

Red Fan 92x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I21

Reflection 73x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I12

Reflection 73x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I12

Rehearsal 130x81cm Acrylic On Canvas I2

Rehearsal 130x81cm Acrylic On Canvas I2

Seating On The Balcony 100x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I7

Seating On The Balcony 100x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I7

Serenade 116x89cm Acrylic On Canvas I10

Serenade 116x89cm Acrylic On Canvas I10

Sign Of Sun 100x81cm Acrylic On Canvas I6

Sign Of Sun 100x81cm Acrylic On Canvas I6

Siren Pochlarn 150x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I27

Siren Pochlarn 150x100cm Acrylic On Canvas I27

Stefania In The Hat 120x60cm Acrylic On Canvas I28

Stefania In The Hat 120x60cm Acrylic On Canvas I28

Still Life With Exotic Fruit 46x38cm Acrylic On Canvas I11

Still Life With Exotic Fruit 46x38cm Acrylic On Canvas I11

Sveta With A Dog 65x50cm Acrylic On Canvas I7

Sveta With A Dog 65x50cm Acrylic On Canvas I7

Tsarina Gulshat 92x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I4

Tsarina Gulshat 92x73cm Acrylic On Canvas I4

Turkish Tea 55x46cm Acrylic On Canvas I18

Turkish Tea 55x46cm Acrylic On Canvas I18



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