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Nathan Altman

This Russian painter had a great ambition to go into arts. However his family situation did not permit it. He therefore joined the Art School of Odessa where he learnt painting initially. Later he moved to Paris. His area of interest was sculpture, graphics and scene designs. He painted in conformity with the Cubist school and achieved great popularity. Eg: Portrait of Anna Akhmatova. He went to Russia and became active in politics. He painted many pictures of the Bolshevik Revolution for the Communist Party. This did not satisfy him. He therefore returned to France and resumed painting. Landscapes and still life paintings were his pet subjects. Later he took to Impressionism and illustrated many books for children and the Old Testament and also did interior designing. He returned to Russia and was confronted with ideological pressure and terror. Conforming to communist ideals he gave up painting altogether and stuck to book illustrations and saw his popularity plummet. His best works were scene and costume designs for Shakespeare plays Othello, King Lear and Hamlet.


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Lady with a Dog. Portrait of Esther Schwartzmann. 1911. Oil on canvas mounted on cardboard. 67.5 x 47.5 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Lady with a Dog
Jug and Tomatoes. 1912. Oil on canvas. 69.5 x 49.5 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Jug and Tomatoes.
Portrait of Anna Akhmatova. 1914. Oil on canvas. 123.5 x 103.2 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Portrait of Anna Akhmatova.
Portrait of a Young Jew (Self-Portrait). 1916. Plaster of Paris, copper, wood. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Portrait of a Young Jew
Still Life. Colored Bottles and Planes. 1918. Oil and plaster on canvas. 59.5 x 43.5 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Still Life. Colored Bottles and Planes
Material Painting. Still Life with a White Jug. 1919. Oil and enamel on canvas. 84.5 x 62 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Material Painting. Still Life with a White Jug.
Composition with Material Objects. 1920. Oil, enamel, glue, plaster and sawdust on canvas. 83 x 65.5 (oval). The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Composition with Material Objects.
Still Life. Mixed technique on paper. 62.5 x 47 cm. The Museum of Russian Art. Erevan, Armenia.
Still Life
Square in a Provincial Town. 1926. Italian and lead pencil on paper. 51.2 x 36.6 cm. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Square in a Provincial Town
   

Self-Portrait. 1926. Lead pencil on paper. 44.6 x 35.9 cm. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
Self-Portrait Nathan