• Napoleon

    Artist:
    Mochalov, Vladimir. Born 1948
    Technique:
    Indian Ink, watercolour
    Dimensions:
    199х163 mm

Mochalov, Vladimir. Born 1948

Napoleon

Russia, 1980-1990s

In 2012 the State Hermitage was presented with a unique collection of “envelope art” that had been assembled by the French diplomat and art connoisseur Georges Matcheret and his wife Nadia Wolkonsky. The collectors’ acquaintance with unofficial Soviet culture and Russian émigré artists began in the early 1980s. Providing artistic acquaintances belonging to different generations and tendencies with blank postal envelopes as a “canvas”, Matcheret set them a quirky task that could be taken as a joke or entirely seriously. Over three decades, the couple managed to assemble hundreds of envelopes reflecting all genres of the visual arts, from landscape to portraiture decorated by Russian artists, famous and little-known. A special place within that collection goes to 19 envelopes embellished by Vladimir Molchanov with portraits of actors, artists, sportspeople, musicians and politicians. The Napoleon envelope takes the form of a caricature depicting the French ruler in a humorously ironical manner. The artist played on the peculiarities of the five-sided shape, placing Napoleon’s outsized tricorn hat on the flap of the envelope and his small figure with a disproportionately large head in the remaining rectangle.

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Napoleon

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Indian Ink, watercolour

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199х163 mm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 2012; donation by the Cultural and Charity Foundation "ABC"

Inventory Number:

КСИ-859

Comment:

Collection of Georges Matcheret and Nadiya Volkonskaya

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