Nikolai Tarkhov: Les Bretonnes

Nikolai Alexandrovich Tarkhov, Les Bretonnes, oil on canvas, source: Sotheby’s

Nikolai Tarkhov – The ‘Moscow Parisian’

According to Sotheby’s,

Brittany’s rich heritage and traditional ways of life inspired many of Paris’ best-known artists, from Corot to Monet, Gauguin and Matisse. The advance of Impressionism, in particular, resulted in a surge of interest among artists eager to paint en plein air within reach of the French capital. This important early work by the ‘Moscow Parisian’, as Tarkhoff came to be known, is a superb pastoral scene in this tradition.

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Nikolai Alexandrovich Tarkhov, Les Bretonnes, oil on canvas, source: Sotheby’s, (detail).

Screenshot_2018-09-21 tarkhov, n a les bretonnes figures sotheby's l11118lot66gg8enThe subject and palette call to mind Gauguin’s ‘Breton Shepherdess’ … while the alternation of lines and strokes recall the rhythmic brushwork of Paul Signac, who pioneered his pointillist techniques in the Breton port of St Briac.

Quote from Sotheby’s catalogue


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Where is Brittany?

Brittany, occupying the largest French peninsula, is a cultural region in northwest France and is the traditional homeland of the Breton people.  Recognized by the Celtic League as one of the six Celtic nations, Brittany retains a distinct cultural identity that reflects its history.

In Summary

As critic Vasily Rakitin stated,

‘Tarkhoff hovers on the verge of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Fauvism, retaining his own lyrical intonation and individuality in the variable game of different movements.” (per Sotheby’s)

Thanks for Reading! 🙂


Nikolai Alexandrovich Tarkhov, Les Bretonnes, oil on canvas, source: Sotheby’s (detail


Sotheby’s, Nikolai Tarkhov: Les bretonnes,, (accessed 21 Sept 2018).

Wikipedia contributors, “Brittany,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed September 21, 2018).

Image Credit

Nikolai Alexandrovich Tarkhov (1871-1930), Les Bretonnes, oil on canvas, signed in Latin l.r., 116 by 78cm, 46 by 30 3/4 in.,

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for all your hard work and passion for the arts:) I really like how you are able to show little thumbnails of details in the paintings. Can you share your technique with me? How do you do this? Thanks if you could help because I’m working on a new idea for my blog.

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    1. I am a bit embarrassed to admit how little I have mastered technology. Though I have a whole Photoshop group of goodies on my computer, I have never learned to use it. So my method is likely way more convoluted than need be, but I’ll tell all:

      1. Locate high resolution, copyright free image of interest

      2. Use Evernote Firefox browser clipper to clip images to Evernote file

      3. If I need more magnification, and if the image clipped can support it, I can use the Evernote image viewer to magnify and clip more from each piece.

      4. I have not found a way to upload from Evernote to WordPress (yet), so I export the file to my desk top.

      5. From the desk top file, I can upload directly to my wordpress media file. Voila!

      If this is confusing, please ask. But like I said, I am SURE there is an easier way to do this. I look forward to seeing your new project – best wishes !

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  2. Thank you so much you have given me a starting place. Stay tuned and please keep doing your thing. Sorry I was away for several weeks and missed so much good stuff!


    1. I had little time to ‘play’ as we started our new school year, but I am getting back in gear now. Such a pleasure to hear from you. I will stay tuned. 🙂


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