Canvas, oil, foil
95 х 54 cm (37.4" x 21.3")
Moses Feigin is the last Russian avant-garde artist and member of the "Jack of Diamonds" group. Listed in the Guinness Book of Records. He absorbed many styles and trends in his work - fauvism, cubism, post-impressionism, expressionism, realism.
The Matusovsky collection stands out with the works of Moses Feigin 1970-1971, where he used gold and silver foil. Few of these were created, and many of them were collected by Luba. Foil is a unique material that has a shape memory effect, i.e. it can change its shape depending on the ambient temperature. The image in the picture will transform depending on the heating of the foil or its parts, and the viewer will first see one image, and after a while - another, slightly altered one, all on the same plane. Moreover, the image can change rather gradually and then the viewer will be able to see the dynamic picture.
In "Beauty" (1970, 65x64cm, oil on canvas, foil) we first see only chaotically scattered shiny circles and ellipses against a dark blue background, reminiscent of the color of the August night sky. But they gradually take shape of a flirtatious feminine image - one hand of the lady in the painting is placed at the waist, while the other is raised, as if to tidy her hair. The glittering of foil in religious themes gives Feigin's paintings a sacred meaning, the same as the golden assists do on icons, symbolizing the presence of Divine light.