Abram Efimovich Arkhipov


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Status, price and estimation of the artist Abram Efimovich Arkhipov

Price of a painting: 1,000 – 1,000,000 €.

Estimate of a drawing: 3,000 – 22 600 €.

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The youth of Abram Efimovich Arkhipov

The Russian and then Soviet painter Arkhipov Abram was born in 1862 in the Ryazan oblast within the Russian Empire. He came from a poor family of orthodox peasants. Having early artistic abilities, he was enrolled in a painting course in a school in his village. In 1877, when he was 15 years old, his parents decided to send him to the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture after having saved the money necessary for his enrolment.

A precocious talent

He studied in a disparate manner from 1877 to 1887, accompanied by Nesterov or Riabushkin and directed by professors such as Constantin Makovski or Vassili Polenov. A serious and persevering student, he soon received prizes for some of his creations at their exhibition. His favourite teacher, Vasilli Pervo, encouraged him to paint scenes of daily life as he perceived them, without fear of their harshness (The Drunkard 1883, The Tavern 1883). He continued his studies in 1883 at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg until 1886, but the institution’s teaching system did not satisfy him despite the recognition of his work by the latter, which also acquired his Disconcerted Knight in 1884.

Painting in nature

He then returned to Moscow to complete his studies under his favourite master. His attraction to light had an impact on Arkhipov’s work (Visit to the Sick 1885).

After graduating from the Moscow School of Painting in 1888, he went on a trip to Volga with his comrades to paint in the middle of nature. The following year, he took part in the exhibitions of the Wanderers Society, also known as “the Itinerants” because of their travelling exhibitions since 1870.

The Association of Revolutionary Artists

He began teaching at the age of only 32, in 1894, at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture until 1918.

In the years that followed, Arkhipov continued to paint the Russian countryside and its picturesque scenes, its fishing villages, the light that changes with the seasons… The lyricism and poetry that emerge from the landscapes are contrasted with the paintings depicting the misery of the “little people” of Russia, especially the women he portrays as working like madmen.

In 1924 he joined the Association of Revolutionary Artists: AkhRR, which was completely opposed to the emerging futurist movement in Europe. His status as a teacher kept him in Moscow and he was named People’s Artist of the USSR, a year before receiving the title of academician.

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