(Editorial Note: The article below is written by Marilyne Neurohr, a painter of flats. Marilyne emailed the idea of featuring an article on Vladimir Douchkine’s work, and since she was more familiar with his work than I am, I suggested she write the article. I am glad she consented. For more of Marilyne’s work, both in writing and painting, her website is: http://creationcouleurs.de/creationcouleurs/Home.html. Thanks Marilyne.)

Dear Flat figures Friends,

Some of us know the feeling of “falling in love” when we look at a painting work on a flat. This happened to me when I saw the work by Vladimir Douchkine for the first time. May I take the liberty to say, one of the Masters of bygone days. I admire particularly how he painted the cast shadows. He created, in a stunning way, a three dimensionality, an “alive” effect, even though he did not paint particularly detailed; perhaps comparable with certain oil tableau. Add to this, for me, the way he painted horses is one of the best down to the present day. Of course it is a matter of taste. By the way, V. Douchkine liked to paint horses with black heads. You might say, this was his signature feature (typical for him).

Tradition has it that Vladimir Douchkine was profoundly convinced that everybody can paint. At the question of his painting “secrets,” he answered that he doesn’t have one. Possibly only some clues:

  1. Don’t paint with the watch beside your figure. If you do, you will fall in the ambush called: hastiness.
  2. Like and respect your figure.
  3. Brace (arm) yourself with patience.
  4. Work with “obedient” brushes.

It is believed that Mr. Douchkine (born 1900) painted over ten thousand tin flats. He painted with oil colors and mainly 30mm flats. It is stated that he had great regard for the work by L. Frank and F. K. Mohr, and the drawings by Lucien Rousselot. Vladimir Douchkine painted some of the most beautifully series. Among others: Gottstein, Ochel, Heinrichsen, Wünsch, Armont, Neckel, Mignot and Wimor.

Some other interesting Douchkines notes:

  1. For the “metals” he used the powder form, mixed with Siccatif Flamand.
  2. He recommended to never use pure white. In his opinion pure white is “lifeless.” He mixed white with a touch of another color.
  3. For the shadows (and the cast shadows) he remarked that in this area it is more intensive in color, not simplistic black, so he avoided using pure black, in the majority of cases, for shadows.

In addition Mister Douchkine expounded:

  1. Don’t be too approving with things which you are not absolutely sure, especially for the horse painting. Better to be vague. A stroke or a fleck incorrectly placed can ruin all the “structure”.
  2. A horse well painted, can “save” an unsuccessfully painted cavalier. But a well painted cavalier is “doomed” on a bad painted horse.
  3. Another precarious point is the face, the head. It is important to paint them always attentive.
  4. Also for the cast shadows, the underlining on the lightless side, confirms influential the beauty of the figure.

Last, but not least, it is said that when peoples bestowed him the title, “Rembrandt,” Douchkine would answer: “Supercilious, there is nothing higher than Rembrandt.”

I shared my thoughts with Steven, that it would be wonderful to allow Flat friends to admire the marvelous art of V. Douchkine. Steven fortunately agree. So, dear Flatfigure Friends, enjoy the Photos!

Many Thanks to Alexander Baden for some Reference of source.

For all those, who want to know more, and to see more beautiful photos about V. Douchkine, we highly commend the book: Vladimir Douchkine by Alexander Baden (Editor: Zeughaus Verlag).

And many thanks to every collectors for the amazing support; which share with us the beautiful pictures from Vladimir Douchkine’s work.

Gallery from a variety of collectors, some anonymous:

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Austerlitz-ao Maier

Title: Austerlitz
Painting: Vladimir Douchkine
Editor: among others…Maier
in the Private Collection from: Gianpaolo Bistulfi

 

Morat- Borgognoni -Gottstein

Title: Borgognoni
Painting: Vladimir Douchkine
Editor: Gottstein
in the Private Collection from: Gianpaolo Bistulfi

 

Morat-singleout

Singleout

Title: Borgognoni
Painting: Vladimir Douchkine
Editor: Gottstein
in the Private Collection from: Gianpaolo Bistulfi

 

 

ROMA-Caesar et senatores-Neckel

Title: Roma-Caesar&Senatores
Painting: Vladimir Douchkine
Editor: Neckel
in the Private Collection from: Gianpaolo Bistulfi

 

Singleout-Roma

Singleout

Title: Roma-Caesar&Senatores
Painting: Vladimir Douchkine
Editor: Neckel
in the Private Collection from: Gianpaolo Bistulfi

 

 

La Marseillaise-Terana

Title: La Marseillaise
Painting: Vladimir Douchkine
Editor: Terana
in the Private Collection from: Gianpaolo Bistulfi

 

Singleout-La Marseillaise

Title: La Marseillaise
Painting: Vladimir Douchkine
Editor: Terana
in the Private Collection from: Gianpaolo Bistulfi

 

Camp du Drap d'Or_b

Title: Camp du Drap d’Or
Painting: Vladimir Douchkine
Editor: Heinrichsen
in the Private Collection from: anonymous

 

faces-Camp du Drap dOr

Single out

Title: Camp du Drap d’Or
Painting: Vladimir Douchkine
Editor: Heinrichsen
in the Private Collection from: anonymous


louisXIVFS

Title: Louis XIV
Painting: Vladimir Douchkine
Editor/Engraver: Friedbert Staar
In the Private Collection

 

frenchartillery

Title: French Artillery
Painting: Vladimir Douchkine
Editor: Ochel
in the Private Collection from: Alexander Baden

 

Douchkine PY Chauvin1

 

Painting: Vladimir Douchkine
Editor: probably Kieler Zinnfiguren
in the Private Collection from: Pierre Yves Chauvin
…. this is a wonderful example for the -black head- horses painting by
Douchkine.

 

greek chariot-JimHoran

Title: Greek Chariot
Painting: Vladimir Douchkine
Editor: Heinrichsen
in the Private Collection from: Jim Horan


A
nonymous contributor:

1er Empire EM_b

1er Empire EM b

 

La Bible ABLa Bible AB

 

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France XVIIème_b France XVIIeme b

 

Bourguignons 2

Bourguignons

 

The following piece by Douchkine was contributed by Richard Weissbrod:

Editor: Gottstein

Richard Weissbrod

 

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Vladimir Douchkine

  1. Thank you Steven and Marylin for this interesting idea
    I always thought Douchkine ls THE painter of flats
    Eric

  2. Thanks Eric. You, also, have contributed to this art form in important ways.

  3. I love this article. I especially love the part Marilyne put in about the rules. Do not put the watch beside the table and respect your figure!

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