318 x 259 mm. (12 1/2 x 10 in.)
‘When I saw silverpoint for the first time, I was bowled over. I read that the masters used to prepare their gesso by burning chicken bones and mixing them with glue made of rabbit skins. This creates a rough surface to which the particles of silver adhere and act like microscopic mirrors reflecting the light. As the drawing progresses, the layer of silver thickens and begins to act like a mirror. It becomes increasingly difficult to gauge how far away from the drawing you’re standing. It ‘floats’ in the air, suffused with life and energy. Leonardo considered it the finest technique of all.’ (Victor Koulbak)
Victor Koulbak was born in Moscow and studied there, beginning his career as a commercial draughtsman and illustrator. In 1975 he left Russia and settled first in Vienna and later in France, where he lived and worked between 1976 and 2000. He lives today in Malta. Koulbak established a reputation for working in the techniques of Renaissance masters, in particular the medium of silverpoint, which features in his work from 1990 onwards. He had his first one-man exhibition in Sweden in 1976, and has since exhibited in France, England, Germany, Belgium, Japan and America.
Mark Murray, New York
Private collection, Madrid.