Bear Mountain in Gurzuff
Musings on Art® is a direct importer of Soviet Realism, Russian Impressionism and the Leningrad School of Painting Nikolai Efimovich Timkov was born on August 12, 1912, close to Rostov-on-Don, Russia to a peasant family. In 1931, he moved to Moscow, where he met with Pavel Radimov and other artists of the AKhR Association (Association of Artists of the Revolution). In 1933, on the advice of the famous Russian aritst Isaak Brodsky, Timkov enrolled in the Leningrad School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture graduating in 1939. Timkov fought in the Great Patriotic War and was among defenders of Leningrad during the siege. After the war he participated in the exhibition of the defenders of Leningrad, The Heroics of Soviet Front and Rear, receiving several awards for his work. Since the late 1940s. Initially Timkov’s style was influenced by 19th-century Russian landscape painters, over time he developed his own voice and his work became more decorative, with the use of pattern and shapes. By the mid-1960s he had developed a recognizable style, which was colorful with the use of expressive textures. In 1982 the Moscow House of Artists successfully hosted an exhibition of his work. In 1987 he was awarded an honorable title of Honored Artist of Russian Federation. Timkov died in 1993 in St. Petersburg. His paintings reside at the State Russian Museum, as well as in art museums and private collections in Russia, France, England, Japan, USA and throughout the world.