KOROVIN, Konstantin Alekseyevich
(b. 1861, Moscow, d. 1939, Paris)

Café in Paris

1892-94
Oil on canvas, 50 x 61 cm
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Korovin was surely the purest Russian Impressionist, the closest to the French spirit, which his several visits to western Europe after 1885 familiarized him with. His early works were nonetheless closer to the precise draughtsmanship and narrative interest of a Caillebotte or Forain than to Monet, twenty years his senior.