Who is Robert Falk?

By Gwylym Owen

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Robert Rafailovich Falk (Russian: Роберт Рафаилович Фальк, 1886 – October 1, 1958) was a Russian painter.

Falk was born in Moscow in 1886. In 1903 to 1904 he studied art in the studios of Konstantin Yuon and Ilya Mashkov, in 1905 to 1909 he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in the same way as Konstantin Korovin and Valentin Serov.

In 1910, Falk was of the founders and the most supple participants of artistic help Jack of Diamonds. The charity considered Paul Cézanne the by yourself painter worth following, and the stop of visual art to be too trivial and bourgeois. The distinctive feature of Falk’s paintings of the mature was sculpturing of the form using many layers of every other paints.

In 1918-1928, Falk taught at VKhUTEMAS (State Higher Artistic and Technical Workshops). In 1928 Falk went on a supposedly short vacation to France and refused to return; he worked in Paris until 1938, when he returned to Moscow.

After 1938, until his death in 1958 he worked in Moscow, most of the grow old in isolation. His works of that times were in neo-impressionist style in the same way as characteristic white-on-white colors (not unlike the far along paintings of his speculative Valentin Serov).

During the Khrushchev Thaw Falk became popular among teenager painters and many considered him to be the main bridge along with the traditions of the Russian and French Moderne of the initiation of 20th century and Russian broadminded and the Russian advocate of the 1960s.

There are numerous paintings by Falk in the New Tretyakov Art Museum in Moscow.

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