Alexander Kuprin

Born into a family of Russian intellectuals in Borisoglebsk, Kuprin was forced, after the death of his father in 1896, to become a railway conductor whilst at the same time taking free art lessons. Inspired by a Wanderers Society exhibition in nearby Voronezh in 1899, he moved to St Petersburg and entered the private studios of the battle painter, Dmitirev-Kavkazsky.

After a further period of privations, including a bout of tuberculosis, Kurpin moved to Moscow in 1904 and entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture where he studied under Yuon and Korovin. Like those before him, Kuprin saw the work of Cézanne and others in the collections of Morozov and Shchukin and was transfixed by them, joining the ‘Golden Fleece’ group the next year and in 1910 becoming a founder member of the ‘Knave of Diamonds’ group with Mashkov, Lentulov, Konchalovsky and Falk. >> Read more


Still Life with a Blue Fan and a sculpture to Boris Korolev