«Clowns», Feigin, 1986

In this series, Feigin painted a couple of “Scomorochs”(“Clowns”) (1986, 65 x 50, cm, pb), Russian buffoons and jesters that are arrayed in bright costumes holding the Russian folk instruments, balalaika and zhaleyka, in their hands. The faces of the musicians are sad and their song is not merry. A little white dog hides between their legs. Looking at this work, one remembers a painting from the Russian Museum of a self-portrait of two painters who were friends; classicists of the first half of the 20th century, Vasiliy Shukhaev and Alexander Yakovlev, are depicted as a harlequin and Pierrot. — N.Musyankova

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