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.
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.
The subject and palette call to mind Gauguin’s ‘Breton Shepherdess’ (fig 1, 1886), 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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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.”
Sotheby’s, Nikolai Tarkhov: Les bretonnes, http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2011/important-russian-art-/lot.18.html, (accessed 21 Sept 2018).
Wikipedia contributors, “Brittany,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Brittany&oldid=854610293 (accessed September 21, 2018).