Kuprin Alexander (1880-1960)

Graduated from Borisoglebsk Gymnasia. Studied in St.Petersburg in a private school of L.Dmitriyev- Kavkazskiy (1902-1904) and then drawing and painting school of K.Yuon and I.Dudin (1904-1906), at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. In 1910 together with P.Konchalovskiy and I.Mashkov and V.Rozhdestvenskiy he established the “Jack of Diamonds” association. The artists shared a common interest in the French school of painting (Cezanne) but did not reject the national traditions of Russian folk art. The artists’ work included still-lives which provided many opportunities to explore the interactions between form, space and colour. For Kuprin, still-life was a constructive logic in the recognition of the environment, ornamentality and eloquence of painting.

Still-life with a pink tea-pot. Oil on canvas. 89,5x104