D. Stelletsky, The Fox Hunt, 1912

D. Stelletsky (1875-1947) is perhaps one of the most underacknowledged contributors to the 20th century icon revival among the Russian emigration in France. He worked as both an icon painter and fine artist. In his work we find a clear example of the convergence between the icon painting tradition and the non-naturalist, primitivist concerns of early modernism. In 1912 the British art critic Roger Fry (1866-1934)—who considered Byzantine art as an important precursor to the avant-garde painting of his day—included Stelletsky in his Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition. It is believed that The Fox Hunt could have been one of Stelletsky’s paintings included in the historic exhibition.

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