Friday, November 1, 2019

Russia Day, Part 2 - the Art of Pyotr Konchalovsky

Pyotr Konchalovsky (1876-1956) was an important painter under both the Czarist Russian and Soviet regimes.  He somehow managed to avoid the political purges of the Stalin era and had his art approvingly displayed and taught in institutes throughout his life.  I'm starting with a bit of a cheat in that this first piece is by Konchalovsky's friend Ilya Mashkov.  It is a self portrait of Ilya at left with a burly Konchalovsky at right.  This might be from a visit to Spain which would account for the toreador sheet music and the near nudity.  It gets very hot in Spain. 

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