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1905
Les pins de Soulac
1905

Nicolas Tarkhoff

Moskau 1871 - 1930 Orsay

Oil on cardboard, 24 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (62 x 47 cm). Signed lower left.

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1905 is for the artist a very happy year: he married and the couple expects their first child. They spend a wonderful summer vacation in Soulac on the Atlantic coast near Bordeaux. Several major works produced in these weeks. The color blue of the sea and the summer sky is at the center of interest of Tarkhoff.

This painting is one of his most intense color works this time. In short, thickly set strokes Tarkhoff designed the landscape structure. A brush style, reminiscent of the pointillist technique, which by different bar locations throughout the structure imparts motion in picture. Tarkhoffs work stands here by a amazing power and a spatial color depth, which supports the atmosphere of a summer afternoon. The Wanderer in blue is also found on a beach view from Soulac, a male figure - presumably the artist himself.

 

Biography:

Nicolas Alexandrovitch Tarkhoff was a Russian-born Impressionist.

Born in 1871 to a merchant family in Moscow he studied painting and drawing.

A member of the Union of Russian Artists, Tarkhoff began drawing at the age of twenty-four. After an unsuccessful attempt to enroll at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, he studied under Konstantin Korovin.

At the age of twenty-eight, Tarkhoff made his first visit to Paris, where he studied at Académie Julian and Académie des Beaux-Arts.

In 1906, he held a solo exhibition at the gallery of Ambroise Vollard, the famous Parisian art dealer who championed all the leading French Impressionists. Sergei Makovsky, Alexander Benois and Kazimir Malevich all wrote about Tarkhoff's oeuvre.

In his lifetime, his works were acquired by such famous connoisseurs of art as Schukin, Troyanovsky, Zeitlin, Diaghilev and Rothschild and artists like André Derain and André Lhote.

In 1911 he purchased property in Orsay, France where he lived until his death on June 5th, 1930.

 

He exhibited in the "Salon de Indpendants" in 1917, 11, 14, 19-21 and the "Salon d'Automne" in 1901 and 1913 and again between1923 and 1929.

The words of Sergei Makovsky, written in 1910 following an exhibition of the artist's works, still remain relevant today: "It is high time that we Russians understood that Tarkhoff is a great and original talent. It is time to bow down to his profoundly veritable, sincere and wonderful creativity."