Portrait of the Artist’s Wife

Ivan KulikovYear: (1875-1941)
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1917

oil on canvas

90 x 120 cm

signed in Cyrillic and dated lower right: I. Kulikov, 917

Provenance

  • Private collection, UK
  • Winter Palace Gallery, London

 

Kulikov painted his wife quite a few times in various roles: as a good looking peasant girl (By the Gate, 1913, the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow), an urban woman (Cheremukha, 1912, the Murom Museum of History and Art) and a Russian boyar woman wearing a headdress decorated with pearls and a resplendent outfit with precious stones (In Ruissian Attire, 1916, the Murom Museum of History and Art).

Kulikov, a devoted pupil and follower of Ilya Repin, was a wonderful portrait painter. Having enjoyed a successful early career, by the early 1910’s he had already begun to revise the creative principles of his predecessors. Along with Boris Kustodiev and Filipp Maliavin, he was one a few artists who chose Russian provincial life as his main subject matter. In his mature works, he managed to fuse the images of national Romanticism movement with almost impressionistic treatment color.

Works by Ivan Kulikov are in many museum collections, including the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the Russian Museum in St.Petersburg, the Murom Museum of History and Art and others.

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