National Art Museum of Ukraine

In the busiest moment of your life only one thought about this painting can turn blue feelings into a good temper. This works provide calmness, unexpectedly for us, who got stuck in the permanent movement. The artist’s world, that contains no aggressive initiatives of “homo sapiens”, according to his will, stopped in the nirvana of primary harmony of existence. Somehow it could illustrate the words of Faustus by Goethe: «Behold now, time stay still — you’re so gorgeous».

The author of this meditative painting- gentle, silent dreamer Volodymyr Boguslavsky- fast 40 years ago changed his hometown, Kyiv with it’s fuss, to a romantic and plunged in historical melancholy city of  Lviv. The “Iron Curtain” was in that time not so tight in the border-provinces, like at the rest part of the Soviet Union. So Odessa, Lviv and Uzgorod became since 1960s the centers of nonconformism. A lot of people with the diplomas of art academies of Krakow, Munich, Wien, Paris, St. Petersburg , dissidents of all nationalities, first generation of soviet underground and other informal artists were to be seen in the “pot” of Lviv art-surroundings. That environment of people and ideas pushed into the Lviv art-arena of 1970s-1980s creative personalities: Volodymyr Pinigin, Oleksandre Aksinin, Roman Zhuk, Yury Charyshnikov, Volodymyr Boguslavsky…Their creativity was one of the reasons, that caused the real “explosion of new wave” in the art of Lviv of 1990s, the appearance of active generation of west-ukrainian postmodernists: Yaroslav Maksymenko, Yaroslav Shymin, Vlodka Kaufmann, Vlodka Kostyrko, Yurko Kokh. Evgeny Ravsky. Oleg Denysenko…

Postmodern allows to appellate to the classical plots, adapting them to contemporary art symbols and codes.
So one of the sources of esthetic inspiration of Boguslavsky became the decorative value of Paolo Uccello and the coloring of Filippo Lippi.

Concentration, contemplation, silence, being out of time- are the instruments of the artist on his way to a goal-find the moment of balance between life and art. Precise study of correlation of light and shadow, plans and volumes, space and details allowed Boguslavsky to invent the authors “code”, where with the help of decorative effects of sun-spots and perfidious delusive of moon light the banality of reality turns to a solid nobleness of decoration.

The more Boguslavsky admires with the idea to free himself from literature in painting, Boguslavsky is looking for that variant of perfection, that, according to Saint-Exupery “… is reached not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing to take away…”
However, though his late works became more abstract, Boguslavsky doesn’t give up the figurative. The reality is still the catalyst of his inspiration, and thoughts, just like Chinese wisdom says “appear only in contiguity with things”. In the fast changing world the painting of Volodymyr Boguslavsky is the oasis of stability of worth and meanings, the place of “esthetic rest” for all sentimental romantics, that are in love with the most perfect of all worlds they know- planet Earth.

Nataliia Kosmolins’ka , historian of Art