Russia 1956-1974

Of his painting, which was not exhibited over this period, Sokolov wrote: “I sought points of departure in Russian art (what they now call the Russian Avantgarde) and here the most inspiring were the ‘The Knave of Diamonds’ (Konchalovsky, Larionov, Malevich) and ‘The Blue Rose’. For me ‘The Knave of Diamonds’ is still fundamental. I mean the period from 1907 – 1911. Rodchenko’s Constructivism and the non-objectivity of Malevich represented, to some extent, the loss of painterliness and a movement towards graphics.” (Notebook No 140, 1990/III-VI). Much of this painting “for the drawer” was on imaginary subjects, but he also worked from nature and took particular delight in depicting scenes from Russian village life in terms of domestic detail and traditional faith.

From the series “Phantoms”

1961, mixed media on cardboard, 40x29.2

From the series “Phantoms”

1961, mixed media on cardboard, 40x29.2

From the series “Phantoms”

1961, mixed media on cardboard, 40x29.2

Shakespeare

1964, tempera on cardboard

Still life with knife, bowl and bottle

1964, oil, chalk in card on board Private collection UK

“Ne zabudu” (Il not forget)

1967, oil In the collection of the Istra Museum

“Spasibo velikomu” (Thanks to the great)

1977, oil on wood, relief In the collection of the…

Cubist collage

Oil, newspaper, collage, canvas, unsigned, undated

Suzdal

1971, oil on board, 50x70 

Dead man’s promontory

From series Lake Baikal 1969-70, stone lithography, 42x53.5

Three Marias

1967, gouache on paper, 50x76