LIGHT signal OF LIFE
Pressboard, oil, foil
70 x 49 cm (27.5" x 19.3")
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 allowing the viewer to see a dynamic picture.
The painting is vertically divided in half by a strip of foil, making it resemble a road sign. As a Russian folk tail says: Go left and lose your horse, go tight - lose your life, go straight - find happiness. And this is how it is in life - each person has to make choices on an hourly basis, for a variety of trivial reasons. At the same time, this sign resembles the shape of a cross - a symbol of the logical conclusion of life for Christians. On the right and left, there are figures of people that are barely drawn. One of them is straight, and seems to be holding a calling horn, and the other has a low head, as if submitting to the decision from above. When you look at this work, an allusion to Viktor Vasnetsov's painting "The Knight at the Crossroads" comes to mind. Philosophical themes are woven into many other works of Moses Feigin.