Robert Rafailovich Falk (Roman Falk) (1886-1958) – Russian avant-garde. Painter, graphic artist, set designer.
Born October 27, 1886 in Moscow. Robert received his education in Moscow at the Peter and Paul Real School. However, from an early age he was attracted to the art of painting. Since 1904, he began to paint in private schools and studios. Among them were the studios of I. Dudin and I. Mashkov. In 1905, Falk entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. His teachers were K. Korovin, V. Serov, B. Pasternak, V. Vasnetsov. During this period, a novice artist takes part in various exhibitions.
Falk was one of the founders and active participants in the Jack of Diamonds society. He strove to work with angular spots, used saturated colors, and tried to achieve volumetric forms. His early works are distinguished by masterful elaboration of forms. He achieves this using special techniques that allow him to achieve expressive volume. According to the artist himself, such expressiveness of form allows you to cause a special emotional reaction, to focus on feelings and associations.
In 1911, Robert Falk made his first trip abroad. He visits Venice, Florence, Rome and other cities of Italy. Since 1917, Falk has become a member of the World of Art Society.
Falk’s paintings change over the years. His manner is becoming thinner and more complex. Now, in order to convey emotions, the master does not have to use the technique developed in cubism. The canvases become holistic, the color becomes more saturated.
Before the war began, the artist worked for a long time in Paris, where he was sent on a business trip with the goal of “exploring the classical heritage”, during the war he was evacuated. At the same time, he continued his teaching career, working at the Moscow Art and Industrial College. Upon returning to Moscow, Falk continued to work on the paintings, but he no longer had the opportunity to present them to the public.