Pavel Filonov’s Shostakovich’s First Symphony: art at its most musical

By Skye Sherwin

This piece from 1935 reflects the artist's theory of ‘analytical realism', in which minutely realised, obsessively detailed individual parts form a whole

In Pavel Filonov's response to the expressionist composer Dmitri Shostakovich's First Symphony, the canvas swarms with abstractions. They feel like notes or beats, from which faces emerge; thoughts taking shape.

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