DescriptionNIKOLAI EFIMOVICH TIMKOV (Russian, 1912-1993)
Side Street, 1980
Oil on canvas
21-3/4 x 26-1/4 inches (55.2 x 66.7 cm)
Signed and dated lower right in Cyrillic
Inscribed verso in Cyrillic
One of the great Russian landscape painters, Nikolai Timkov trained at the Moscow Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, later working in the Leningrad studio of Isaac Brodsky. Throughout his career, he exhibited widely with the Russian Federation Union of Artists (1947, 1957, 1976), the All-Union exhibitions at the Tretyakov Gallery (1943, 1952, 1979), and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (2005). Known for his landscapes, Timkov's subject matter ranged from Impressionistic scenes of forests and flowering fields to quiet snowcaps and Russian city views. His paintings are found in prominent museum collections such as the Brodsky Art Museum, the Hermitage and the State Russian Museum of St. Petersburg.
Known as the master of Russian Impressionism,Timkov strove to express the harmony between people and the natural world around them. He created idealized landscapes that brought the tranquility of nature indoors. His use of thick impasto served to mimic textures found in nature such as mounded snowbanks blanketing a winter field. Timkov's use of simple compositions, organic shapes, and contrasting color theory demonstrate his emotional response to the subject matter before him.
Estimate: $12,000 - $30,000.
Unframed, loss of paint along edges, paint chip approximately 1/4 x 1/2 inch along lower right edge, moderate paint chips through central region of canvas.
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