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Women Motif

  • One of Victor Lysakov's distinguished themes is the female form. The Women Motif includes works of art that focus on feminine torsos, Madonnas, dolls and women of all ages. Their strong hips "shape our moves and actions," Lysakov says. But although the shapes may be similar in these paintings, the figures can indeed be very different.

    A delicate necklace, a hand-held fan, a small bunch of grapes - these are all but distracting details in Victor Lysakov's paintings. They represent the "decorations of life." When a new guest enters the Women Motif world, they stumble upon a new mystery, each time with perhaps a slight twist. The necklace might now glimmer with a certain sparkle, the fan may have made a marginal move or the grapes might have ripened.

    As time passes, the populace undergoes a transformation. Birth, growth, maturation, change, strength, weakness, death - it's all a part of the human lifecycle. But the model in the painting never changes. As time elapses, she watches us knowingly from inside the frame.

    The model's attitude toward the surrounding environment takes precedence. "It's not my view of the model," Lysakov says. "It is the model's view of us."

  • Brimstone Butterfly

    Brimstone Butterfly

    2002, Oil on Canvas, Size: 32 x 24

    I am so captivated by the tale of the Brimstone Butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamni), that I am compelled to share her story in a dictionary-like fashion. There is a popular myth that it is this butterfly which gave us the word BUTTERFLY, a corruption of butter-colored fly. Very rare, these bright yellow insects often hold record life spans of over a year. Conspicuous in flight due to their vibrant color, these butterflies are remarkably leaf-like at rest and can become very well camouflaged. They emerge in spring and sip on nectar sources, while focusing their main attention on reproduction. The females are much paler than the males and from a distance, are often mistaken for Large Whites. You can have the good fortune of viewing a Brimstone Butterfly’s open wings during only two occasions: in flight and during courtship behavior. The progress from egg to adult is rapid and the next generation of adults feed ravenously prior to hibernating in late summer. When my son, Constantin, was a child, he chased these butterflies for two days at our house in the countryside, before finally catching several with his bare hands.

     

  • Cabbage White Butterfly

    Cabbage White Butterfly

    2002, Oil on Canvas, Size: 32 x 24
  • Clematis

    Clematis

    1996, Oil on Canvas, Size: 39 x 20, Private Collection
  • Emerald Night Swimmer in June

    Emerald Night Swimmer in June

    1993, Oil on Canvas, Size: 51 x 39
  • Fairy in a City

    Fairy in a City

    1985, Oil on Canvas, Size: 39 x 20, Private Collection
  • Farewell

    Farewell

    1985, Oil on Canvas, Size: 36 x 25, Private Collection
  • Green Figure

    Green Figure

    1994, Oil on Canvas, Size: 39 x 20
  • Lady with Flowers

    Lady with Flowers

    2001, Oil on Canvas, Size: 28 x 22, Private Collection
  • Landscape with a Blue Shawl

    Landscape with a Blue Shawl

    2000, Oil on Canvas, Size: 24 x 16, Private Collection
  • Lass with a Vine

    Lass with a Vine

    2002, Oil on Canvas, Size: 31 x 24

    I once painted a portrait of a friend’s wife, which forever altered my method of painting the female form. Even though I labored many hours, I did not leave the arena a winner – it was the first time the bull tore through my skin. I felt an extreme aversion to the painting and actually became quite nauseated. Defeated but determined, I woke up at 2:00am and bravely confronted the easel again. Working quickly and feverishly, I repainted the portrait from memory. My color palette presented a certain intensity and I paid particular attention to her facial features and smile. The result was miraculous and triumphant. The portrait captured a woman’s authentic beauty, mystery, timidity and charm. From then on, my portraits were not fulfilled until I fell in love with the woman in the painting, not the painting itself.

  • Madonna

    Madonna

    1999, Oil on Canvas, Size: 32 x 24, Private Collection
  • Madonna with a Doll

    Madonna with a Doll

    2004, Oil on Canvas, Size: 32 x 24

    Role playing with dolls is an age-old childhood pastime for all little girls. They pretend to be proud mothers and mimic everything their own mothers do. The characters often trade places in my paintings, with intent to provoke contemplation. Although their wishes and desires may be different than ours, these characters indeed share much in common with their audience. They express emotions, face triumphs and failures and undergo the circle of life. Their lives parallel ours with one drastic difference – these characters tend to enjoy a significantly longer life span.

  • Maid Servant

    Maid Servant

    1997, Oil on Canvas, Size: 24 x 18, Private Collection
  • Queen's Seduction

    Queen's Seduction

    1996, Oil on Canvas, Size: 32 x 24

    The sun has long set and the night is in full parade. The candles remain unlit and the bird and checkered soil eagerly anticipate the event. The guests have arrived, the palace has been adorned and the orchestra has warmed up their instruments. The Queen waits in solitary until her precise grand entrance to the Ball. Eternally regal and majestic, the Queen desperately yearns for an ordinary life. She simply wants to be a Woman, to accept flowers, to catch enthusiastic glances and…sigh.

  • Redheaded Beauty

    Redheaded Beauty

    1999, Oil on Canvas, Size: 32 x 24

    It’s a rare phenomenon when a painting is adored by both the public and the artist. When I painted Redheaded Beauty, my wife instantly agreed that the woman was indeed stunning; for several weeks, she was even a bit jealous of the painting. Each time someone viewed this painting, they would gaze into the woman’s eyes, examine the splendor of her fan, and study the mysterious look on her face. The verdict was always unanimous: she was beautiful. For a long time, I hung that painting in my house. My Redheaded Beauty had the power to calm me down whenever I was tense or agitated. One day she left, and I felt a deep sense of emptiness and loneliness. I couldn’t live without her, so I restored her beauty with a Giclee, and she has been in my home ever since.

  • Sleep

    Sleep

    1986, Oil on Canvas, Size: 39 x 39, Private Collection
  • Still Life of a Young Woman

    Still Life of a Young Woman

    1997, Oil on Canvas, Size: 40 x 28, Private Collection
  • Still Life with a Red Bow

    Still Life with a Red Bow

    2000, Oil on Canvas, Size: 32 x 24
  • Still Life with Steins

    Still Life with Steins

    1996, Oil on Canvas, Size: 32 x 24
  • Tattooed by Numbers

    Tattooed by Numbers

    1997, Oil on Canvas, Size: 32 x 24

    I painted Tattooed by Numbers in 1997, and even now I look at that image with respect and awe. It brings back emotions and memories of when I envisioned it for the first time. The painting has a certain degree of meticulousness and refinement; I clearly remember the delight I felt when painting the details of the mannequin’s Middle Ages-style hair cut. The night is a warm black and green, saturated with expectancy. The tattooed numbers are an extension of the billiard balls and the mask becomes the clothing. Before falling into the hole, the ball contemplates and continues to weave its mysterious path. This is a game of chance – will he win or lose? Neither victory nor defeat is of consequence.