«Irina Korsakova», Taburet, 1'98

The artist attracted the public eye after the Sotheby's auction held in Moscow in 1995 after her painting «Drummer» went to the hammer price ten times higher its initial bid. About ten her paintings are currently displayed by Roza Azora Gallery in the Liberal Conservative Policy Center, in February she will hold an exhibition in Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, in April and May she will participate in Art-Salon'98, and in addition a number of portraits by her have been put up for bidding in the forthcoming Moscow Sotheby's auction in May. …..

Irina's work is diverse; its lucid and figurative style arises above all from the scene of her painting («Treatment»), or from traditions of Russian portraiture school ("Portrait of Irina Sergeevna Ordatskaya at six years of age"), or composition, color, and painting techniques ("Hobbyhorse"). But the main motif of her paintings that dominate her work over the last years is Children's Games. We all more or less remember their rules and though have grown up, but still keep playing with our toys that simply became a bit more expensive, and still trust in their power and irreplacebility. By means of art Irina invites the viewers to use the imagination and to play a game about power and aspirations, love and loneliness.

Children's portraits are also an expansion of her subject matter. Korsakova views a child not only as a baby evoking only tenderness, but also as a personality with its unique character traits and qualities. It seems so, as children on her paintings are brightened from inside and protected from the paltriness and vanities of the world; their faces are adultly serious, dignified and intelligent. In the portraits the artist does not use sharp contrasts or tones, she does not emphasize details calling attention to character traits of the model, his spirit and his age. Yet the artist uses other means of expression. Brilliant colors, fine details, hidden meanings of symbols - everything is used by Irina in the sequence of paintings representing unnamed girls ("Hobbyhorse", "Horsewhip").

Here the artist moved from realistic style and produces exclusively decorative in color and composition portraits, where static figures are in contrast with bright colors and cheerful mood of models. The glitter of dresses, generality of time, hint of theatricallity and true ease of painting carry over the viewer to other world and other moment in time.

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