ROBERT FALK (Russian, 1886-1958)
    Town View
    Oil on panel
    24 x 16-1/2 inches (61.0 x 41.9 cm)
    Signed lower right: R. Falk

    Robert Falk studied under the great Russian artists Konstantin Iuon and Ilya Mashkov at the Moscow School of Painting. Falk would later enroll at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture with such greats as Konstantin Korovin and Valentin Serov. A founder and activist in the Russian school that came to be called the Jack of Diamonds, Falk's neo-impressionist style is a result of the group's admiration of the work of Paul Cezanne. It was a time of dramatic change in the Russian art community, and Falk led the way with beautiful works such as Town View.

    This picture is typical of Falk's bright colors and minimalist figural work produced in the 1940s, pictures that captured town life with a calm but vibrant palette. Falk was very much a thinking and feeling artist who deliberated about his work before applying paint. This picture is emblematic of just such work. He was intense in his observations and his composition, as evidenced by a trip to Paris in 1928 which resulted in a ten-year stay to hone his skills, probably the time period just before completing this painting.

    Estimate: $70,000 - $80,000.

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    In overall good condition.

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    June, 2008
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