Pantheon, Paris

In 1983 Konstantin Bokov stayed at Cite Internationale des Arts and while there created many paintings and sketches of Paris and its inhabitants. This one is of the Pantheon, but I don't know which building the tower in front of it belongs to, couldn't find the corresponding Google Street View, and for now will have to settle for an overhead view. Does anybody recognize this specific location? Please post. It's an art scavenger hunt!

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Peppers and red mug.

A still-life. We ate a lot of vegetables, and my father painted a lot of vegetables. In a corner of the room we shared there was usually an arrangement of the next day's meal with some artful drapery and utensils around it.


A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

© 1980 Konstantin Bokov

Wow, now this is a blast from the past. I haven't seen a collage from this series in years, but back when I was a kid, our house was full of them. My father was still learning English, and he did it by reading voraciously. He would read one magazine after another and look up words he didn't know in the dictionary. At dinner he would tell my mom and me what he read. For a while he went through a science, paranormal, and science-fiction phase, so we got to hear all about UFOs, Isaac Asimov's robot stories, the Loch Ness monster, and more mainstream news from the world of astrophysics and astronomy. His reading inspired his work, because when he was done reading a magazine he would cut it up and make it into a collage like the one you see here. There used to be hundreds of them, I don't know where they all went. I also don't know if he made this one before or after we saw Starwars IV: A New Hope, but it looks familiar, doesn't it?


Subway slumbers.

There is no such thing as downtime for Konstantin. If he's awake and sitting still, he's drawing something. Like many New Yorkers, he spends a lot of time in the subway, and finds there an endless source of models. The sleeping ones are especially good because they hold a pose longer.


Not one day without a picture!

© 1986 Konstantin Bokov

I just got back from visiting Konstantin Bokov in Manhattan, and brought back a TON of photos of him and his art. I am going to try to post a new piece of art here every day from now on. Enjoy!

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