Analytical art is an artistic method developed and justified by Pavel Filonov in theoretical works (“Canon and the Law”, 1912; “Paintings Made”, 1914; “Declaration of the World Prosperity”, 1923) and in his own painting.
Starting from cubism as a carrier of a rationalistic principle, Filonov contrasted him with the principle of organic growth (how a tree grows) of the artistic form and the “completeness” of paintings.
The principle of accomplishment is the main point of Analytical Art. The artist “builds” his picture of how nature “creates” from atoms “and molecules larger formations. Understanding that “in any object there are not two predicates, shape and color, but a whole world of visible and invisible phenomena, their emanations, reactions, inclusions, genesis, being, known or secret properties, which in turn sometimes have countless predicates,” Filonov was I am convinced that all this variety of properties can be plastically expressed in painting. Continue reading