Mikhail Larionov

Soldier in a Wood

About this artwork

This painting was discovered in a locked attic in Larionov's Paris flat in about 1960, and was purchased directly from the artist in 1962. It was probably painted around 1911 when Larionov was doing his military service, hence the subject matter. The painting combines elements from both fauvist art and traditional Russian folk art, in the flattened, simplified design, bold brushwork and deliberately naïve manner of representation. In particular, the way in which the horse is painted and the use of black outlines around the figure are derived from popular woodblock prints known as 'lubok.'

Mikhail Larionov

Mikhail Larionov