Art A-Z: P – Petrov-Vodkin Kusma

Kusma Sergeevich Petrov-Vodkin (1878, Khvalynsk – 1939, Saint-Petersburg) – painter.

In 1893-1895 studied at Burov’s classes in Samara, in 1897-1904 – at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, in 1901 – at Azbe’s studio in Munich. From 1906 to 1908 Petrov-Vodkin passed  apprentice in several workshops in Paris.

In the first decade of the XX century he travelled a lot in France, Italy, Greece, Northern Africa.

Anxiety, 1934


In 1908 he moved to Saint-Petersburg and became teacher of painting.  In 1918 – 1933 tought at the Academy of Arts.

Member of Mir Iskusstva (World of Art) fellowship.

Petrov-Vodkin’s particular style developed under influence of ancien Russian art, Italian primitivists, and French art. his spectrum is based on three open local colours – red, blue and yellow.

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Morning Still-Life, 1918

In 1920s, painter’s system of “spherical perspective” established, which marked his later works.

Author of memoir “Euclid’s’ space”.



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