A Peasant Girl in a Colourful Shawl
Head and Torso of a Woman in Russian Dress
Head and Torso of a Woman in a Kerchief
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Philip Andreyevich Maliavin ( Kazanki, Samara province 1869 - Nice, France 1940 )
Philip Andreyevich Maliavin was born in 1869 in a large village of Kazanki (Samara Province, now the Totsk District, Orenburg Region). Hardly any of the peasants could read and write. Philip’s artistic nature manifested itself at an early age. Traveling monks used to bring with them icons from Mount Athos, which made a great impression on the boy. Philip dreamed of going to Athos to learn icon painting, but his parents were against this, claiming that learning was not for peasants. He insisted, and finally managed to get their unwilling consent. At the age of sixteen he set out for Greece in the company of a monk from Athos, who has been to Kazanki on a visit. The money for the road was collected for him by the villagers.