Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin

Petrov-Vodkin, who was born in Khvalynsk (Saratov Oblast) into the family of a shoemaker, became one of the most important and influential Russian painters of the first half of the 20th century. Petrov-Vodkin’s first exposure to art was in the studio of an icon painter, a theme that remained with him for much of his career. Having failed to find a place at a railway college in Samara, he turned to art classes before an introduction to the architect R Meltzer earned him an invitation to study art in St Petersburg, an education that was financed by a charitable subscription among local merchants. At this time, he met Victor Borisov-Musatov, also from Saratov. Petrov-Vodkin stayed in St Petersburg from 1895 to 1897, studying at the Baron Stieglits School, before moving to the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. In 1901 he travelled to Munich to take classes with Anton Ažbe, graduating in 1904. >> Read more


The Artist’s daughter Elena on a swing