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Naive Artist Pavel Leonov Dies Aged 90
28.03.2011 20:14
Naive Artist Pavel Leonov Dies Aged 90
Pavel Leonov

Artist Pavel Leonov, aged 90, passed away on March, 25th, 2011, in Savino Settlement of the Ivanovo Region.
      Pavel Leonov is considered one of the major representatives of "naive art" of the Soviet period. The artist was born in the Oryol Province. Since childhood he dreamed of painting, but entered Correspondence Public Art University only in 1960, when he was 40 years old. Before that he had had time to try himself at lots of different professions.
      Mikhail Roginsky, Leonov's teacher, nicknamed the artist "Quixote of the Soviet epoch".
      The first Moscow exhibition of the artist-primitivist was held in 1970. It was then, during "the second avant-guard" period, when Leonov gained popularity. In 1980 he gave up painting, being afraid of auditors, and continued only after 1991; his most fruitful period started then.
Author: Vera Ivanova


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