[Rus. Bubnovy Valet]
Group of Russian avant-garde painters active in Moscow from 1910 to 1917. It was founded by Mikhail Larionov, Natal’ya Goncharova, Aristarkh Lentulov, Pyotr Konchalovsky, Robert Fal’k, Il’ya Mashkov and Aleksandr Kuprin, young artists who found membership of existing art societies no longer compatible with their experimental styles of painting. Regular participants included Alexandra Exter, David Burlyuk and Vladimir Burlyuk. The name ‘Jack of Diamonds’, chosen by Larionov, suggested not only the roguish behaviour of the avant-garde but also their love of popular graphic art forms such as old printed playing cards.
The group’s first exhibition took place in Moscow in 1910, and, following the example of the exhibitions sponsored by the magazine Golden Fleece, they invited contributions from foreign artists such as Albert Gleizes, Albert Le Fauconnier and members of the ‘Neue Künstlervereinigung München’, including Kandinsky, Gabriele Münter and Alexei Jawlenski. In this first exhibition the influence of the ...