Mikhail Larionov

Russian / French (1881 - 1964)
Mikhail Larionov Soldier in a Wood About 1911 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018.

Biography

Born 1881
Died 1964
Nationalities Russian
French
Birth place Tiraspol
Death place Fontenay-aux-Roses

Larionov was born near Odessa and studied art in Moscow, where he met his lifelong companion Natalya Goncharova. As a leading figure in the Russian avant garde, Larionov helped develop the Russian neo-primitive movement. He first visited France in 1906 and was influenced by the fauvist artists, combining elements of Fauvism with Russian artistic forms such as icon painting, folk art and woodblock prints to produce the neo-primitivist style. After being invalided out of the army in 1915, Larionov lived in Switzerland before finally settling permanently in Paris in 1919.

Glossary terms

  • The art of largely untrained artists.

  • The deliberate adoption by trained artist of the styles and techniques of those operating outside mainstream art practice.

  • Russian avant-garde movement invented by the artists Mikhail Larionov and his partner Natalya Goncharova. Influenced by Cubism and Futurism, the style was characterised by dynamically intersecting lines or rays.