Pavel Filonov




Pavel Filonov was born in 1883 in Moscow, Russia. In 1908 he entered the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, from which he was expelled in 1910. After his expulsion, Filonov joined the arts group “Soyouz Molodyozhi” while also working on his famous article, The Canon and the Law, in which he described the idea of analytical realism, or “anti-Cubism.” His philosophy outlined the idea that surface geometry should strive towards exposing the inner soul of the objects being depicted. Upon the beginning of World War I, Filonov served on the Romanian front, and then became an active member of the Russian Revolution in 1917. After these tumultuous years, Filonov became a professor at the same school which he was expelled from years prior where he created the Master of Analytical Realism school, which eventually had as many as seventy members. Because of his Analytic Realist philosophy Filonov rarely made any profit off of his paintings; instead he gave the majority of them to the Russian Museum as a means to preserve them and his legacy.