Uzbek Avant-Garde Artists of the 1920s and 1930s
Oil on canvas. 118 x 97cm
Pavel Benkov (1879-1949)
Benkov studied at the Kazan (Tatarstan, Russia) Art School at the turn of the 19th century, continuing in the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts (1901-1908). He then went on to study in the studios of D. Kardovskiy and I. Repin, as well as in the Julien Academy in Paris (1909), after which he returned to the Kazan Art School. He moved to Uzbekistan in 1929, where he was involved in creative and educational activities. Being a champion of the Russian realistic art, he produced a body of work dedicated to Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand.