American Painter

American Abstract Artist

Maurice Golubov (1905-1987)
American Abstract Artist

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Abstraction Became My Personal Realism”

“What is most interesting about Golubov’s space is not its density nor its complication, but its psychological impact upon the viewer. His art belongs to a much older conception, where projection and symbolic form are possible vehicles for expanded experience. His is not a halting step-by-step progress but a leap into a state of complexity…”
Susan C. Larsen, Expanded Spaces

“When Maurice Golubov began to paint abstract paintings in 1922, at the age of 17, he was oblivious to the fact that anyone else was doing the same thing elsewhere. For him, the nature of visual experience demanded that there exist an expression of shapes and colors that corresponded to his notions of ideal form – form that lies just beyond our visual grasp of the world around us, yet which seems to correspond to our feelings of and about that world. Even today, the fact that his doing so may well have predated the influence of Mondrian and European non-objectivism on our more acclaimed geometric painters – something that must be left for more precise historians to ascertain – is of remarkably little importance to him. Similarly, he is both amused and puzzled by the long-accepted belief that the development of abstraction pre-empts the credibility of a simultaneous figurative art, for he is a painter who has always found it necessary to work in both modes at once, and believes he is all the better for it as an artist.”

Daniel Cameron, A Chronology

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“I was self-taught in my painting, which might be described as realistic, expressionistic, abstract, non-objective and surrealistic…I was trying to reconcile all these tendencies into one dish, as if to merge all streams into one river.”

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Maurice Golubov - Untitled Abstraction 1974
‘Untitled’ – 1974

“Golubov’s abstract paintings often remind of that simple yet profound pleasure I have when I drop pebbles into a summer’s still, reflective pond, and watch the ripples pulsing toward shore.”

— John Yau, Some Motifs in Maurice Golubov’s Life and Work

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Maurice Golubov - Untitled 1947

“Golubov, it seems, would like to add, if ever so slightly to the brain’s capacity for receiving vibrations, and in so doing reveal an aspect of ‘the Absolute.'”

John Ashbery, From Russia with Golubov

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