Konstantin Pavlovich Golovkin

Born in Samara in 1871. Died in the same city in 1925. Born to a merchant’s family, Golovkin graduated from a commercial college. After that, it is possible that he attended Burov’s painting and graphic art classes. However, he never received a formal artistic education, and remained a self-taught artist. He worked in the traditions of Russian Realism of the second half of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. At the age of 25, the young merchant and owner of a stationer’s shop initiated the creation of the art department of the Samara City Museum to which he devoted the rest of his life. Golovkin also chronicled Samara exhibitions, and published the book All of Samara. After the 1917 revolution, the artist temporarily left Samara for Irkutsk, where he took part in archeological digs. At the beginning of the 1920s, Golovkin returned to Samara, bringing with him a whole railcar of exhibits for the museum, including archaeological finds. His final years were spent working in the Samara city archives.

Crossing at Zhiguli - 1901, oil on canvas, Samara Art Museum
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