Pavel Kuznetsov. Steppe. 1920
The central event of the festival visual program in 2013 will be the exhibition of Pavel Kuznetsov - a contemporary of Andrey Platonov who occupies a leading position in the history of Russian art .
The Saratov Radishchev Art Museum will provide about 60 paintings for the festival exhibition. And the works of this famous Russian painter will be exhibited in such volume for the first time.
Pavel Kuznetsov (1878-1968) was born in Saratov in the family of iconographer. He studied at Saratov at Bogolyubov Art School, then Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture and for a year in Paris. His early paintings were exhibited by the Mir Iskusstva group, and he was closely associated with the Russian Symbolists.
He helped to organize the Crimson Rose exhibition (1904) and was a founder and leader of the Blue Rose in 1907. He taught at the Stroganov Institute and at the Moscow Institute of Fine Arts.
He headed the painting section of Narkompros until 1921, but fell out of official favour with the advent of Socialist Realism.
Kuznetsov's early paintings are typical of the Blue Rose group's poetic explorations of an interior, imaginative world through archetypal symbols. After 1910 he drew increasingly on folk culture, continuing to draw on the rich colours and harmonious rhythms of the Symbolists but simplifying his compositions to depict the everyday life of village communities of Kirghizstan in Central Asia.
Kuznetsov was not yet thirty, when his works were included in the famous exhibition of Russian art, arranged by Sergei Diaghilev in Paris. After the apparent success he was elected a member of the Salon d'Automne (for life).
Now the works by Pavel Kuznetsov can be found at the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, in many regional collections. In the early 1970s, the heirs of Pavel Kuznetsov donated over four hundred paintings to the Radishchev Art Museum. In 2000 the House-Museum of Pavel Kuznetsov was opened at his homeland in Saratov.