Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Geli Korzhev (1925 - 2012)

Geli Korzhev - The Butcher (version 2) 1990
The Butcher (version 2) 1990

Geli Korzhev - Mutants (a sketch), 1973 
Mutants (a sketch), 1973

Geli Korzhev - The Butcher, 1990
The Butcher, 1990

Geli Korzhev - Mutants (a sketch) version 2, 1973
Mutants (a sketch) version 2, 1973

Geli Korzhev - Feast, 1987
Feast, 1987

Geli Korzhev - Tyurlikov The Table, 1986
The Table, 1986

Geli Korzhev - Feast, 1988
Feast, 1988

Geli Korzhev - Feast, 1983
Feast, 1983

Geli Korzhev - Triumpher, 1992
Triumpher, 1992

Geli Korzhev - Rally, 1987
Rally, 1987

Geli Korzhev - Triumfator, 1996
Triumfator, 1996

Geli Korzhev - At the Hairdressers; Tyurliki #3, 1991
At the Hairdressers; Tyurliki #3, 1991

Geli Korzhev - Blue Light, 1976
Blue Light, 1976

Geli Korzhev - Dispute 2, 1991
Dispute 2, 1991

Geli Korzhev - Tyurlikov And Alien, 1981
Tyurlikov And Alien, 1981

Geli Korzhev - Belly God, 1990
Belly God, 1990

Geli Korzhev - Stage, 1980
Stage, 1980

"With the demise of the Soviet Union, Korzhev’s subject range expanded to include a series on a Russianized Don Quixote and some Biblical events. But his politics did not change. He worked on his “Judas” during the period that ended the Soviet regime and brought on Boris Yeltsin, and in the commentary he compares the Biblical figure to the Socialist state that has “figuratively hung and killed itself.” 

Judas is depicted frontally, hanging full-figure, except his head is outside the frame. One sandal has dropped onto a towel, where pieces of silver still lay scattered. The other sandal remains on his foot. You can almost smell the leather, just as you can in an earlier painting entitled “No Name.” There, a bearded Russian in a sleeveless T-shirt is kneeling, his wrists bound tightly with a worn belt. A tightlipped soldier, swastika on his armband and rifle slung over his shoulder, is tying on a blindfold.

Some of Korzhev’s more recent work—the “Tyurlikis” series—is reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch, the 15th century Dutch Christian painter whose demons and strange half-human creatures with their tin hats make Salvador Dali look a bit thin. Some Tyurliki paintings are, according to Korzhev’s commentary, allegories expressing his contempt for post-Soviet corruption. Others are more enigmatic. “Fight” depicts a fight or sexual intercourse, it’s hard to tell which, between a human viewed from the back and a bat-gargoyle figure that has sunk its teeth into the man’s shoulder. Others are hilarious, in their way." - quote source

Images found at Mutual Art, Vladey Auctions,,

More paintings from Geli Korzhev can be viewed here.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

It's pretty interesting to see this artist's work because just for this brief period in his career he decided to paint these monsters. If I'm not mistaken it was because his granddaughter or someone in his family asked him to. I have his book that I bought from the Russian Museum in Minneapolis.