BACKWARD SOMERSAULT — PALETTE KNIFE Oil Painting On Canvas By Leonid Afremov

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    Signed on the front and back
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  • Size
    24"x30" (60cm x 75cm)
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    Hand painted by Leonid Afremov
  • Materials
    Palette Knife, Oil Paint, Canvas
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    United States
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I would like to present my hand painted oil on canvas painting (recreation) of the artwork BACKWARD SOMERSAULT. I made this piece with the same amount of soul and emotion just like the first original painting. This piece is created with oil paint on artistic canvas using my unique technique of a palette knife. The artwork has texture, you can feel the strokes by touching the painting. By purchasing on this site, you are buying directly from the artist Leonid Afremov. I guarantee your satisfaction and the best customer experience. 

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about this painting:


In a somersault leap

In his painting named Somersault similar to the ones painted in Italy in the epoch of renaissance, the artist Leonid Afremov managed to show all the beauty, elasticity and gracefulness of the female body. The main theme of the artwork is the naked girl depicted in the center of the painting. It is made in the colors traditional for the artist – thus, the naked girl is depicted on the background composed of the bright smears of yellow red blue and blue paints. The elasticity of her body is amazing. She can be compared to a gymnast performing a jump over a fixed bar – we can imagine how she held her breath, recollected herself, took a step back, gathered her thoughts and started running as fast as possible towards the fixed bar. And now she is at her destination, she takes off the ground and like a bird flies into the sky. Indeed, in the painting we see that her hands are like wings. She unclenched her fingers so that her hands would allow her to hold the body in the air as long as possible. And here nothing holds her on the Earth any more. She literally flies. And it seems that time has stopped. She is able to hang in this position for ages. Her body is surrounded by streams of air. It seems that the most intense of them blows right under her back - in fact it is bent like a cat's back. On the one hand directly under her body we see a small concentration of light blue colors - we can compare this spot with the airflow that helps the girl to hold in flight. But on the other hand the smears are directed to the other side - from the right upper corner of the painting to the lower left one. And the blue strokes in this composition act as a kind of cloud. Feel the lightness of this picture and the feelings that the artist wanted to convey to us.

Plasticity is above all

Exercises in acrobatics can be static, when an athlete makes complex elements without movement, for example, bridge and dynamic ones - when exercises are made in motion, however static exercises, for example, stances, can be the basis for dynamic ones - wheels, bends and others. Complex tricks can be made up of different single static and dynamic exercises, for example, a flip flop consists of a somersault and a twine, rundata somersault – of a stance, wheel and somersault. Acrobatic elements are mainly used in sports, rhythmic gymnastics, sport acrobatics, but also they are part of sport acrobatic dances, circus performances, parkour and even martial arts.

Dynamic acrobatic exercises include:

  • roll-over
  • somersault
  • flip flop
  • somersault arcs.

Static acrobatic exercises are:

  • stance
  • bridge


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I have three prints of Mr. Afremov, and I must say that they are the most beautiful works I have ever had the blessing of laying eyes on. I would love to someday be able to afford a print of the one featured today that is reminiscent of the colors of the Russian Autumn, as that is my favorite season. Thank you Mr. Afremov for sharing your gift with the world. If there is anyone reading this that has not yet had the pleasure of owning a painting or print thereof of this gentleman's works, I highly recommend you give one a try. His shipping is fast and items are impeccably wrapped. You will become a lifelong fan, I guarantee it!
Jilly, Sep 21, 2016
I just discovered "Misty Mood" on Jeff Foster's FB page, and I was immediately struck straight through my heart. I began to cry and I don't know why, but it apparently captures a forgotten memory of my younger years. I've never ever had anyone's painting move me to tears (and they just won't quit now). I look forward to being able to purchase this powerfully meaningful, moving work of art!!
Jaffra Austin, Jan 17, 2015
I just receved my 3 paintings and hung them immediately! Leonid is GENIUS with his style and use of color! I was in the shower and every time my dog barked I jumped out and ran to the door not wanting to miss the delivery. This has been a exciting day for me! BRILLIANT! They came within 5 days after shipping and were packaged very securely. Such care was taken with the packaging, painting shipping. You can tell Leonid loves his craft. You won't be disappointed.
lynette Malone, Aug 13, 2018