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Erik Bulatov

The artistic work of Erik Bulatov (b. 1933, Sverdlovsk, Russia) gained visibility and renown with the Soviet perestroika. In his paintings, often reflections of his distant and ironic standpoint, he combines writing with pictorial elements. The painting, There there down the road and there is home, is part of a series of 12 paintings entitled VOT (Here), in which Bulatov associates the verses of a poem by Vsevolod Nekrasov with what he calls an essay on a pictorial liaison between the works of Russian realists from the 19th century and the constructivism of the 20th. Furthermore, the technique of pencil and dry pastel as well as the different uses of light confer to the paintings a dreamlike depth characteristic of the artist’s works.


  1. Erik Bulatov Là-bas, là-bas sur les chemins, et là, la maison, 2002

    Huile, crayon de couleur et pastel sur toile
    200 x 400 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2003
    © Photo : Yves Bresson

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