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Soldier in a Wood
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2015

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Soldier in a Wood About 1911

On Display Modern One

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.'

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A group of painters in France in the early 20th century, including Henri Matisse and André Derain, who used bold, vivid colours in their work. The name is derived from a derogatory remark from a critic who saw them as akin to wild beasts.

Folk art

The art of largely untrained artists.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Fauvism , Folk art, Print


  • Acc. No. GMA 799
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 84.50 x 91.40 cm
  • Credit Purchased with funds given by two anonymous donors 1962