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  PAINTING 1914-1915 РУ DE EN

Returning to St. Petersburg in the autumn of 1914, Puni continued, despite the outbreak of war, to organise the "First Futurist Exhibition "Tramway V"", which he and Malevich had conceived at the beginning of the year. At this time Puni was under the influence of the most modern, most radical currents seen and felt in Paris. It is unclear whether he had already become acquainted with Duchamp and his experiments with ready-made; if not, they were moving in parallel courses. He was strongly impressed by both Picasso, who moved from cubism to reliefs, and Tatlin, who also developed the ideas of material selections. On the other hand, he liked Malevich's ideas, especially those related to alogical painting.
At the "Last Futurist Exhibition of Paintings "0.10"", also organised by Puni and Malevich in 1915, the development of his manner went even further - in the direction of Suprematist sculpture. For more on this, see e.g. in А. Родионов. Новое о выставке «0,10» и о ее организаторе Иване Пуни // Искусствознание, №1-2, 2020, с. 232-271.
For Puni's early works in Western Europe today, the question remains unanswered as to how they got there.
1914. Boots and Сhair. Mixed technique. At the exhibition "Tramway V" cat. 59. Lost. Photo from 1915 1914. Still Life. Etude. Mixed technique. At the exhibition "Tramway V" cat. 53. Lost. Photo from newspapers, March 1915 1914. Harmonica. Mixed technique. 62 х 68 cm. At the exhibition "Tramway V" cat. 49. State Russian Museum, inv. ЖБ-1521 1914. Portrait of the Artist's Wife. Oil, canvas. 89 х 62.5 cm. At the exhibition "Tramway V" cat. 51. State Russian Museum, inv. ЖБ-1627
1915. Barbershop. Oil, canvas. 87 х 69 cm. At the exhibition "0,10" cat. 98. Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris 1915. Washing Windows. Oil, canvas. 85 х 67 cm. At the exhibition "0,10" cat. 105 1915. White Ball. Mixed technique. 34 × 51 × 12 cm. Shown at the exhibition "0,10". Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris 1915. Without title. Mixed technique. 63 х 81 cm. Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris