Akhtyrko created this drawing while studying at the First State Free Art Studio (SVOMAS) in Moscow. Her teacher, Nikolai Pavlovich Ul’ianov, practiced a slightly geometricized figurative style characterized by strong contrasts. Akhtyrko appears to adapt this style in her rendering of a samovar.
The artist continued to study at VKhUTEMAS under Aleksandr Rodchenko and Nikolai Favorskii. She was a promising avant-garde artist, yet in the 1940s the Soviet art establishment accused her of Formalism—a judgment made of most artists pursuing even the slightest deviation from positivist realism—and for the rest of her life she designed safety posters for the state.
samovars; tea; signatures; pots
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