Aristarkh Lentulov


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Russian painter (of landscapes, portraits, still-life, and genre scenes) and stage designer. He was born in Penza Province and studied in Penza, Kiev, and St Petersburg before settling in Moscow. From 1908 he took part in avant-garde exhibitions and in 1910 he was one of the founders of the Knave of Diamonds group (his wife was the daughter of a wealthy merchant and Lentulov was able to give the group financial support). In 1911 he travelled to Italy and France, where he was influenced by Gleizes, Le Fauconnier, and Metzinger, and in 1912 he exhibited Cubist-inspired works. Around 1916 he painted a few abstract pictures, but in the 1920s he changed from experimental work to a more naturalistic and conventional manner, joining AKhRR in 1926. He taught stage design at Vkhutemas, 1919–26, and painting at the Moscow Art Institute, 1919–43.

From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.

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