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came to fine art unusually late in his career when moved to St.
Petersburg, Russia in 1904. He trained at the Baron Stieglitz Central School for
Technical Draftsmanship before converting his energies into the freer
form of painting. He completed his studies at the St. Petersburg Academy
of Arts aged thirty-five.
Amongst his teachers were Alexei Kisselev and
Despite early artistic links with St. Petersburg,
however, Gorbatov also shares many traits with his contemporaries from
the Moscow School of the World of Art movement, such as Yuon,
Petrovichev and Zhukovsky.
Principally, as Lyudmilla Denisova argues, in
the quest for a National Russian landscape as evident in his choice of
subject the medieval towns of Novgorod and Pskov (L.Denisova, Konstantin
Gorbatov: K 125 letiyu so dnya rozhdeniya, Moscow: Novyi Ermitazh,
He moved to Berlin in 1926 but continued to travel
extensively throughout Europe during the late 30s, visiting Palestine
and Syria in 1934 and 1935. As a Soviet citizen he was forbidden to
leave Germany during World War II; he died in Berlin shortly thereafter.
Gorbatov is represented in the collection of Historical, Architectural and Art Museum, Moscow, amongst other collections.
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