DescriptionMIKHAIL FEDOROVICH LARIONOV (Russian/French, 1881-1964)
Turkey, circa 1905
Oil on canvas
27-1/4 x 31-1/4 inches (69.2 x 79.4 cm)
Initialed upper left in Cyrillic
Certificate from Tretyakov Gallery and Prof. Gleb Pospelov
As the founder of Rayonism, Larionov was very much interested in rejecting the past and embracing all that was considered modern. Born in 1898 in Tiraspol, near Odessa, he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. Influenced by French paintings, Larionov's earliest style of painting was Impressionistic as evidenced by this canvas. This style he would later develop into Post-Impressionism and then Neo-Primitivism. He was a founding member of the Jack of Diamonds group and the Donkey's Tail. In 1913, he developed Rayionism which was the first creation of near-abstract art in Russia. He moved to France in 1915 where he started producing stage sets for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Mikhail Fedorovich Larionov was also a theatrical designer and book illustrator until his death in 1964.
Estimate: $500,000 - $700,000.
Two patches on verso, overall craquelure.
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