Saturday, January 05, 2013

Anna Akhmatova, poet and cultural icon

An artist I have come across recently for the first time: Nathan Altman (1889-1970). This Ukranian-Russian cubist artist was educated in Paris, and returned to Russia in 1912. His best work is probably this portrait of poet Anna Akhmatova painted in 1914, foreshadowing in some ways the work of Lempicka. More on Altman in the linked wikipedia article.