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Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin



Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin

(b Khvalynsk, Saratov province, 25 Oct 1878; d Leningrad [now St Petersburg], 15 Feb 1939).

Russian painter. He began his studies in the drawing and painting classes of F. Burov (1843–95) in Samara (1893–5), and he attended Baron Stieglitz’s school in St Petersburg from 1895 to 1897. He studied under Abram Arkhipov, Nikolay Kasatkin and Valentin Serov at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture from 1897 to 1905 and at Anton Azbé’s school in Munich (1901). After working in various private studios in Paris between 1905 and 1908, he travelled to Constantinople (now Istanbul), Greece and Italy in 1905 and to Algiers in 1906. On his return to Russia, he held an exhibition in the editorial offices of the magazine Apollon in St Petersburg (1909). From 1911 to 1924 he exhibited with the WORLD OF ART group and from 1925 to 1928 with the FOUR ARTS SOCIETY OF ARTISTS. From the early 1910s Petrov-Vodkin’s work was influential in the artistic life of St Petersburg. He attempted to reconcile classical and modern trends. His style was formed under a wide range of influences, often seemingly incompatible: 19th-century Russian painters such as Aleksey Venetsianov, Aleksandr Ivanov and Mikhail Vrubel’, the artists of the Munich Secession, Ferdinand Hodler, Maurice Denis, Gauguin, Puvis de Chavannes, Matisse, the painting of Giovanni Bellini, early Russian frescoes and icons and Russian folklore and popular songs.



Self Portrait


Bathing the Red Horse


Our Lady- Tenderness of Cruel Hearts




The Year 1918 in Petrograd


Earthquake in the Crimea


Anna Akhmatova


The Firebird


Mikula Selianovich


Stepan Razin


After the Battle






Still-life with a samovar


Head of a youth




Portrait of a Woman










Adam and Eva


Still Life






Girls on the Volga



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