Konstantin Istomin
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   Konstantin Istomin was born in Kursk (Russia) in 1887. In 1905 he took part in worker protests, was detained and imprisoned. Upon his release he graduated from a grammar school and left for Munich where he attended the Simon Hollosy school. When Istomin returned to Moscow in 1909, he continued his studies at the history of arts department of Moscow University. In 1910 he first exhibited his works at the 19th exhibition of the Moscow Artists Association. In 1912 Istomin toured Italy via Constantinople, Athens and Sicily. During the First World War he was drafted and put in charge of an artillery battery.
   In 1918 he returned to Moscow and was involved in decorating propaganda trains and outdoor decoration for the first Soviet celebrations. In early 1919, together with W. Kandinsky, I. Kliun, L. Popova, V. Favorsky, A. Drevin, N. Udaltsova and others, Istomin took part in the exhibition ‘From Impressionism to Abstraction’.
   Between 1921 and 1930 Istomin held different positions at VKhUTEMAS-VKhUTEIN, was a professor of painting and the main faculty dean. All the while he contributed to various exhibitions, was member of the 'Makovets' association in 1922-1923, and from 1924 through 1929 affiliated himself to the 'Four Arts' society of artists and served as its secretary. In 1932 he took part in the anniversary exhibition ‘Artists of the Russian Federation in the Past 15 Years’. In the 1930s Istomin's works came under criticism usual for that period. Istomin died in 1942 in Samarkand (Uzbekistan), where he had been evacuated to, together with some students and professors of the Moscow Art Institute.
   Istomin's works are kept today by the State Tretiakov Gallery, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the State Russian Museum, the Kiev Museum of Russian Art, the State Picture Gallery of Armenia, the Savitsky Museum of Arts of Nukus, the Dnepropetrovsk Art Museum, the Kyrghyz State Museum of Fine Arts, the Kursk Regional Picture Gallery, the Radishchev Art Museum of Saratov and other collections.

 
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