Michel Larionov Soldier on a Horse c.1911

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Michel Larionov 1881–1964
Soldier on a Horse
Date c.1911
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 870 x 991 mm
frame: 1014 x 1131 x 65 mm
Acquisition Presented by Mme Alexandra Larionov, the artist's widow 1965
Not on display

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The flattened space and distorted dimensions of the horse and its rider recall the immediacy of children’s art. Larionov is closely identified with the Russian Neo-Primitivist movement which emerged around 1909. Along with artists such as Goncharova, he developed a consciously unsophisticated style derived from folk art such as Russian lubok woodblock prints, which he is known to have collected. This work is one of a series of soldier paintings the artist made at the time of his military service.

March 2005

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