Pyotr Konchalovsky

Despite being a winner of the Stalin Laureate in 1943, his appointment in 1946 as an Honoured Artist of the Russian Soviet Republic, and having his work emblazoned on Soviet postage stamps, Konchalovsky is – at his best – one the most important and recognizable artist of the pre-Soviet era. With a colossal output of more than 5,000 paintings, Konchalovsky was, from 1910, a leading member of the ‘Jack of Diamonds’ group, together with Lentulov, Falk and Kuprin. These four artists were the principle filters of the work of Cézanne into the Russian Avant Garde and their group one of the first in Russia to exhibit the work of Western masters together with their own. Combining Fauvism and Cubism, Konchalovsky produced realist work that never quite carried over into abstraction. >> Read more


Study for a Self Portrait