“On Stage” November 21, 2013

Nikolai Makarov


The paintings, depicting ballerinas in numerous Degas-like poses and variations on stage and behind the curtain, brilliantly capture the artist’s current subject of dance.  As a superb draftsman of light, Makarov captures the most ethereal quality of each pose in his renditions of ballet dancers and the overall world of dance – from the lyrical depiction of ballet shoes to capturing the subtle concentration and psychological complexity of each dancer.  The artist brings the traditional form of classical dance to a realm of contemporary subject matter, as a narrator of modern life.