FILONOV, Pavel (1883-1941). Pancake Tuesday.
Original lithograph with colour, edition number 414/2000, printed on Arches paper (watermarked) by Atelier Mourlot, Paris, c.1980. 780 x 1005 mm.
These prints were ordered to be sold alongside an exhibition at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. The Museum cancelled the order so they remained with the printers until offered for sale at a later date. The stamp of the State Russian Museum is visible at the lower centre of paper.
This print is after the painting by Filonov which was produced in 1914.
During the years 1913 to 1915, Filonov was close to Vladimir Mayakovsky, Velimir Khlebnikov, and other futurists. He co-illustrated Khlebnikov's Selected Poems with Postscript, 1907–1914 alongside Kazimir Malevich during this time. In the autumn of 1916, he enlisted for service in World War I, and served on the Romanian front. Filonov participated actively in the Russian Revolution of 1917 and served as the Chairman of the Revolutionary War Committee of Dunay region.
In 1929, a large retrospective exhibition of Filonov art was planned at the Russian Museum; however, the Soviet government forbade the exhibition. From 1932 onward, Filonov literally starved but still refused to sell his works to private collectors. He wanted to give all his works to the Russian Museum as a gift so as to start a Museum of Analytical Realism. He died of starvation on December 3rd, 1941 during the Siege of Leningrad.