Moscow, USSR

Genre and portrait painter

Pyotr Ivanovich Sholokhov was born in Borisoglebsk near Voronezh, where he went to art school before the revolution.

In 1921 he moved to Moscow to study at the Graphical Department of VKhUTeMas. In the beginning his teachers were professor Korin, Favorskii and Pavlinov, and later he studied at the studio of Arkhipov, who proved a strong influence for the young painter.

After successfully participating in it's first exhibition in 1929, he joined the AKhR (Association of Artists of the Revolution).

Pyotr Ivanovich enjoyed teaching painting and drawing. During the 1930's he taught at specialised art schools, and at the art studio of the Pravda Kombinat. His nephew, well-known Moscow artist Boris Sholokhov (born 1919) was amongst his pupils.

During WW2, he drew many sketches of the daily life at the front. In the post-war years, he painted a number of monumental paintings on industrial themes, mainly at the factory Serp I Molot in Moscow.

From the late 1940's to the beginning of the 1960's he enjoyed painting still-life's on the subject of food and drink, depicting bottles, bread, fruits and vegetables in delicious and colourful settings. He was also fond of the Russian landscape and churches, which he depicted at his favourite places Yasnaya Polyana and Melikhovo, all in his characteristic dark colourful, bold and expressive style.


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