Born in Slavyansk in the Kharkov province (now Ukraine) in 1876. Died in Moscow in 1956. Konchalovsky studied at the Julian Academy and at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. In 1910, he and his father-in-law, the renowned historical painter V.I. Surikov, went on a trip to Spain, which had a great influence on the style of the young painter. Konchalovsky was one of the founders of “The Jack of Diamonds” group that held its first exhibition in Moscow in December 1910. During the artist’s early period, his works were distinguished by simplification of color and generalization of spaces, deliberate coarseness and palpability of style, and a garish, cheerful, almost cheap popular beauty. At the end of the 1910s, Konchalovsky’s treatment of color changed drastically. His painting acquired light and airiness, which inevitably affected the quality of color and made him subject to new requirements. In the 1920s, the artist rejected some of Cezanne’s methods of landscape painting, and turned to the traditional techniques of the old masters, particularly the Venetian painters. The uniqueness of Konchalovsky’s creative work lies in the fact that, while remaining in high authority among artists, he was one of the officially recognized masters of socialist realism.

A Bridge in Nara - 1918, oil on canvas, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Young Oaks - 1923, oil on canvas, Samara Art Museum
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