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Sretenski, Grigori

Grigori Sretenski - Woman with Basket, 1951
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Woman with Basket, 1951
Grigori Sretenski - Woman with Basket, 1951

SOLD 42" x 25 1/2"  oil on canvas  signed










 1899 - 1972

Born in Zamoskvorechie, a neighborhood of Moscow, and despite his very early exhibition of artistic ability, Sretensky's father, an Orthodox priest and archeologist, did not support his son's aspirations. Thus, it was at the age of 18 that Grigori graduated from a religious seminary in Moscow. In the same year, however, against his father's wishes, he enrolled at the Moscow Free Art Studios/VKHUTEMAS under famed Peter Kontchalovski until 1921.

Eventueally, along with fellow graduates of VKHUTEMAS, Grigori founded the artistic group Bytie Existence. He particpated in all of the group's seven major exhibitions between 1922 and 1929. At the same time, from 1927 to 1932, he became a member of the Association of Artists of the Revolutionary Russia (AKHRR), a group created to promote politically engaged realisim in art. His participation in the famous exhibition, Artists of the Russian Federation over Fifteen Years, garnered him national acclaim. From 1945 until his death in 1973, he continued to exhibit in all of the major exhibitions of the Moscow Union of Artists while holding a full time position of professor of painting.

Sretenski's paintings reflect the distinct influence of Kontchalovski's "Cezannism".

His works are in many major Russian museums including the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.

He is listed on page 304 of Matthew Bown's, A Dictionary of Twentieth Century Russian and Soviet Painters.