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Фальк, Роберт Рафаилович

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FALK Robert Rafailovich

October 27, 1886 (Moscow) — October 1, 1958 (Moscow)

Painter, graphic artist, scene-designer

Robert Falk was born to a family of lawyer, who came from the Baltic States. He finished secondary school in 1902. In 1903–1905 Falk studied painting and drawing at the K. F. Yuon and I. O. Dudin School of Painting and Drawing. Later he studied at the studio of I. I. Mashkov. In 1905–1909 Falk continued his education at Moscow School of painting, sculpture and architecture (MUZhVZ), studied under the guidance of A. E. Arkhipov, A. M. Vasnetsov, L. O. Pasternak; in the studio of V. A. Serov and K. A. Korovin. From 1905 till 1910 Falk participated in the exhibitions (for the first time under the pseudonym Klaf Trebor) of the MUZhVZ, Moscow Association of Artists, and exhibition of the salon Zolotoye Runo (“Golden Fleece”). In 1909–1910 Falk taught drawing at the primary schools.

In Moscow School of painting, sculpture and architecture (MUZhVZ) Falk met I. I. Mashkov, A. V. Lentulov, A. V. Kuprin, and P. P. Konchalovsky; later they became a backbone of the group Bubnovy Valet (“Jack of Diamonds”). In 1910 Falk was one of the founders of the group Bubnovy Valet. Till 1916 he always participated in the exhibitions of this group. At the same time he took part in the exhibitions of the group Mir Iskusstva (“World of Art”, 1911–1917, 1921, 1922). In 1911 he made a trip to Italy.

After the October revolution, Falk worked at the Department of Fine Arts of the National commissariat of education (Narkompros) in 1918–1921. From 1918 till 1928 he lectured at the State Free Art Studios under the Higher State Artistic and Technical Workshops (VKhUTEMAS) — the Higher Art Technical Institute (VKhUTEIN). Since 1926 Falk was a dean of the faculty of painting at the VKhUTEIN. Since 1921 he was a member of Moscow department of the Kultur-Liga (“Culture League”).

Falk participated in many group exhibitions in the Soviet Union and abroad, in particular the First Russian Art exhibition in the Van Diemen gallery in Berlin (1922); the 14th and the 16th international exhibitions in Venice (1924, 1928); exhibitions of decorative art in Paris (1925); exhibition of the Soviet art in Dresden (1926), in Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen (travelling exhibition, 1927), Tokyo (1927), Paris (1928), New York, Boston, Detroit (travelling exhibition, 1929), Vienna, Berlin, Stockholm (1930). Falk also took part in the exhibitions of the Society of Moscow artists (1925–1928) and the Association of the artists of Revolutionary Russia (AKhRR, 1926–1928).

Since 1925 Falk worked as a scene-designer. He designed the performance A Night in the Old Marketplace after the play by I. Peretz in the Jewish Chamber theatre in Moscow. Later he collaborated with the Theatre named after the Mossovet (Moscow municipal council), Moscow State Jewish Theatre (Goset), the State Chamber Theatre, the Theatre of Satire.


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