Petr Konchalovsky was born into a creative family and grew up knowing artists including Mikhail Vrubel and Vasily Surikov, whose daughter he later married. He studied in Paris, at the Académie Julian, and in the Imperial Academy of Arts in St Petersburg. In 1910, he co-founded the so-called 'Jack of Diamonds' group, which drew inspiration from Impressionists such as Paul Cézanne, as well as the art of Diego Velazquez. He was a prolific painter throughout his life, and his descendants, including the film directors Andrei Konchalovsky and Nikita Mikhalkov, remain active in the art world.
The small Konchalovsky Studio, in Moscow, was the artist's workspace from 1917 until the mid-1950s. Despite its tiny size - only 65 square metres - it also doubled up as his family home during the 1930s. The familial atmosphere would continue after his death, when it became studio to his son, Mikhail Petrovich Konchalovsky (1906-2000), until 1996. It is now the subject of a restoration and re-display project led by the Petr Konchalovsky Foundation, who will be opening it to the public as a museum in 2019.
Apartment 40, floor 4, entrance 5
10 str. Bolshaya Sadovaya
Not yet open to the public - opening in 2019.