Crystallization of the picturesque Russian avant-garde began in the winter-spring 1908, when the brothers emerged expo association Burliuks "Wreath - Stefanos", larionovskoe "Golden Fleece" and "Triangle" Kulbin.
Exhibition "Stephanos" (Crown in Greek) was opened on 27 December 1907 to 2 February 1908.
In addition to the many exhibitors at Blue Rose "in this exhibition, attended brothers Burliuks, N. Goncharova, M. Larionov, A. Lentulov, G. Yakulov, V.Baranov-Rossine, L. Survage.
How to describe what it was billed, it is better to bring the press comments:
"Never has a dead, cold and dull Technical did not act so laid bare in Russian painting, as it is now in the works of family Burliuks.
To the family Burliuks adjacent g.Lentulov with his craft painting and g.Shtyurtsvage with impressionist signs.
Near convinced technicians at the exhibition are representatives of the vague manner of colored spots and short lines, the spineless, which is especially typical for Larionov. The essence of this manner is reduced to the search for a light of beauty, and this trait is particularly noticeable, and particularly troublesome in Natalia Goncharova. "(N. Muratov. Exhibition of paintings" Stefanos "., Russian word, January 4, 1908).
Two months after the "Wreath" opened the exhibition "Beauty of the Golden Fleece", organized by the means of N. Ryabushinsky, which was attended by French Van Gogh, Cezanne, Gauguin, Matisse, Pissarro, Signac, Denis, Roden and our Larionov with Goncharova Fonvizin (then spelled von Wiesen). And the French, and our assessment of the press have earned roughly the same: "less gifted squalor, despair impudence, the terminally ill, ugly daub, daub meaningless" (N. Zenitsyn. "Salon of the Golden Fleece.", The Voice of Moscow, April 19, 1908).