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"Formule picturale" of Paul Mansouroff

Paul Andréevitch Mansouroff (1896 –1983), also known as Pavel Mansurov (Павел Мансуров), was a painter of the Russian avant-garde movement of the 1920s. Mansouroff’s works can be distinguished by having elongated vertical surfaces and being totally non objective. Mansouroff once has even stated that his works have no subject and are exclusively abstract, and if something can be identified, it is only the result of pure coincidence. Nevertheless, he is best known for his paintings on wood, often referred to as “Formule picturale”.

After exploring questions of space and spatial correlations in his works, Pavel Mansouroff now can definitely be considered as one of the most underrated Russian avant-garde artist.

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