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Mikhail Larionov was born at Tiraspol, near Odessa. In 1898 he entered
the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture under Isaac
Levitan and Valentin Serov. He was suspended three times for his
radical outlook. In 1900 he met Natalya Sergeevna Goncharova and
formed a life-long relationship with her.
From 1902 his style was Impressionism. After a visit to Paris in
1906 he moved into Post-Impressionism and then a Neo-primitive style,
which derived partly from Russian sign painting. In 1908 he staged the
Golden Fleece exhibition in Moscow, which included paintings by
international avant-garde artists such as Matisse, Derain, Braque,
Gauguin and Van Gogh. Other group shows promoted by him included
Tatlin, Chagall and Malevich.
Larionov was a founding member of two important Russian artistic groups
Jack of Diamonds (1909–1911) and the more radical Donkey's Tail
(1912–1913). He gave names to both groups. His first solo show
was for one day in Moscow in 1911.
In 1913, he created Rayonism, which was the first creation of
near-abstract art in Russia. In 1915 he left Russia and worked
with the ballet owner Sergei Diaghilev in Paris on the productions of
the Ballets Russes.
In 2001, the Central Bank of Transnistria minted a silver coin honoring
this native of today's Transnistria, as part of a series of memorable
coins called The Outstanding People of Pridnestrovie.
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