Soviet Russian artist Pyotr Konchalovsky 1876-1956
Soviet Russian artist Pyotr Konchalovsky – Academician of the USSR Academy of Arts (1947), People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1946), and Winner of the Stalin Prize of the first degree (1943).
But first of all, Konchalovsky was the famous avant-garde artist, creator and later the head of “The Jack of Diamonds” society of avant-garde painters. And now, he is one of the most expensive Russian artists in the world. Also, he is the founder of the famous Russian-Soviet artistic dynasty of Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky.
Meanwhile, in 1902 he married Olga Surikova, daughter of the artist Vasily Surikov, who highly appreciated the talent and creativity of Petr Konchalovsky. However, when Vasily Surikov first learned that his daughter Olga was going to marry a student of the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts Pyotr Konchalovsky, he was cursing and crying all night. Moreover, he even broke furniture and demanded the impossible: to cancel the wedding. But Olga was adamant, because she could not break the oath. Olga and Pyotr vowed to each other to create an extraordinary family. And they did.
Pyotr Konchalovsky was born in Slavyansk of Kharkov province of Russian Empire into a family of well-known translator and publisher P. Konchalovsky. He studied at the Stroganov School in Moscow and at the Higher Art School at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, as well as private schools in Paris.
In 1906, he met with Ilya Mashkov, long-term friendship with whom mutually enriched the artists in their quest to master the achievements of modern painting. In numerous trips to France, Italy and the creative interpretation of the new heritage of French art and, above all, Cézanne, born unique, bright and “wild” style of Pyotr Konchalovsky.
Illustrated albums Soviet art