Chirkov Anton
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   Anton Chirkov was born in the village of Napolny Vias, Penza gubernia (Russia), in 1902. At seven he began to draw. After graduating from a commercial school of Saransk, Chirkov started working as a telegrapher at a railway station and attending an art studio. In 1920 he enrolled in the Penza Art School, where he studied for one year. In 1922 Chirkov moved to Moscow and enrolled in VKhUTEMAS, taking classes from N. Shestakov, A. Osmerkin and I. Mashkov. He graduated in 1927 with flying colours and was awarded a trip abroad, which he was, however, unable to make due to straitened circumstances. Chirkov took up a teaching position at the Moscow regional Pamiati 1905 goda Art School and continued to paint and draw. He exhibited his canvas 1917, which the exhibition committee renamed to A Distillery Raided under the Provisional Government, at his solo show in 1937 and came under scathing criticism. His theme works were never exhibited in his lifetime afterwards. In the second half of the 1930s Chirkov did landscapes of the Moscow region and Central Asia and developed a passion for wooden and stone sculpture. He did portraits of monks and priests and compositions on religious themes. Despite wartime hardships he continued painting and died when doing wall paintings in the St. Nicholas church in the village of Zhegalovo outside Moscow in 1946. Chirkov’s works can be found in private collections and state museums.