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 Ilya Ivanovich Mashkov  (1881 - 1944)

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Lived/Active: Russian Federation      Known for: portrait, still life

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BIOGRAPHY for Ilya Mashkov
1881 (Volvograd, Russia)

Russian Federation

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Ilya Mashkov was born in the Tsaritsyn (Volvograd) region in 1881. He studied at the Moscow college under Korovin, Sreov, Arkhipov and Pasternak, 1900-09 but he also taught at a private studio from 1905. He traveled widely visiting Turkey, Egypt, Spain, Germany, Italy and Britain. He became a portrait and still-life painter of extraordinary fluency and strength of color. He was included in museum and gallery shows all over the Soviet Union, winner of numerous prizes and a member of many Russian art organizations.

Around 1920 he was experimenting with boldly patterned paintings which showed the influence of postimpressionist and Fauve art. After the Revolution, he fell into line and began to turn out realistic still lifes which made him one of Russia's highest paid painters. His earlier canvases are carefully concealed in museum reserves. Mashkov died in 1944 and today, among the young moderns, he is held in utmost contempt.

Written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.

Sources include:
A Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Artists, 1429-1970, edited by John Milner, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, Antiques Collectors Club 1993

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 In 1900, Ilya Ivanovich Mashkov attended the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture under Konstantin Korovin and Valentin Serov but was expelled for his artistic free thinking.  During his studies he traveled through Western Europe, Turkey and Egypt.  Mashkov was one of the leading members of the artists' group 'Jack of Diamonds' (Bubnovyj valet), one of the most significant exhibition societies of the early Russian avant-garde.  His works reflected the artistic innovations of Paul Cezanne and Henri Matisse, but Mashkov eventually developed his own painting style, drawing on folk art and avant-garde expressionism. 

In his favorite genre - the still life - the artist managed to achieve a colorful expressiveness, condensing forms, dramatizing color contrasts and exaggerating textures.  In addition, Mashkov created powerful nude paintings and drawings that display his talent to represent the human body, as well as landscapes and portraits.

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