Tempera and pastels on canvas
77,5 x 81,5
State Russian Museum
In the early 1910s, following trips to the Russian steppe and Bukhara, Pavel Kuznetsov produced a series of pictures based on the primal and harmonious world of the east.
The genre motifs permeating the Kyrgyzstan suite never step beyond the level of concreteness which turns a motif into a subject. People, animals and objects are depicted on a level footing in this canvas, reflecting the artist’s own unique world.
Kuznetsov, Pavel Bartholomeyevich
1878, Saratov - 1968, Moscow
Painter, graphic artist. Studied under Vasily Konovalov in Saratov (1891-96), under Abram Arkhipov, Valentin Serov and Konstantin Korovin at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1897-1904) and attended private studios in Paris (1906). Helped to organise the Scarlet Rose (1904) and Blue Rose (1907) exhibitions. Contributed to the exhibitions of the World of Art (from 1902), Union of Russian Artists (from 1906), Wreath (1908) and one-man shows in Russia and abroad. Life member of the Salon d''''Automne (1906). Chairman of the Four Arts (1924-31). Lived in Moscow. Taught at art institutions in Moscow (until 1949). Honoured Artist of the RUSSIAN SOVIET FEDERATED SOCIALIST REPUBLIC (1929).