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Self-Portrait in Red. 1913

Lentulov Aristarkh,
Oil on canvas
83 х 83

State Russian Museum


Sometimes known as Self-Portrait in Red, this is one of Aristarkh Lentulov’s early works. Painted during his tense quests for his own personal style, Self-Portrait in Red embodies the colour expression that later became one of the distinguishing features of Lentulov’s art. The artist himself regarded Self- Portrait in Red as one of his first landmark paintings.

Author's Biography

Lentulov Aristarkh

Lentulov, Aristarkh Vasilyevich (1882, Voronye (Penza Gubernia) - 1943, Moscow)
Painter, theatrical designer. Studied at the Nikolai Seliverstov School of Art in Penza (1888-1900, 1905), Kiev School of Art (1900-1905) and Dmitry Kardovsky's studio in St Petersburg (1906-1907). Worked independently at Henri le Fauconnier's studio (1911). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1907). Member of the Jack of Diamonds (from 1910), Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (1926-1927) and the Society of Moscow Artists (1928-1929). Contributed to the exhibitions of Wreath (1907), Link (1908), Wreath/Stephanos (1908), Union of Russian Artists (1908) and the World of Art (1911, 1912). Headed the theatrical design studios at the First Free Art Studios (1919) and the department of theatrical design at the Higher Art and Technical Studios (1920). Taught at the department for raising theatrical designers' qualifications at the Institute of Fine Arts in Moscow (1932).

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