Before the Mosque
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Nikolai Grigorievich Kotov ( Tomsk 1889 - Moscow 1968 )
Kotov’s work is extremely varied as he adapted his art to the tumultuous changes in Russian society during the first part of the twentieth century. He travelled widely during the 1920’s and 30’s, throughout what was then the Soviet Union, completing several cycles of paintings and graphic works. He often depicted oriental subjects and the present work can be seen as part of these series.