Style: Avant- garde, Cubist
Background:Nathan Isaevich Altman was born Vinnystsia, Russian Empire (now independent Ukraine) to a family of Russian Jewish merchants on December 10, 1889.
Education: From 1902 to 1907, he studied painting and sculpture at the Art College in Odessa (now independent Ukreine). In 1906, he had his first exhibition in Odessa.In 1910, he went to Paris, where he stayed for one year. He studied at the Free Russian Academy in Paris, working in the studio of Wladimir Branoff-Rossine.
Achievements: In 1912, Altman moved to Saint Petersburg. His famous Portrait of Anna Akhmatova, conceived in Cubist style, was painted in 1914. From 1915 to 1917, Nathan Altman was the teacher at Mikhail Bernstein’s private art school. After 1916 he started to work as a stage designer.
In 1918, he was the member of the Board for Artistic Matters within the Department of Fine Arts of the People’s Commissariat of Enlightenment together with Malevich. Baranoff-Rossine and Shevchenko. In the same year he had an exhibition with the group Jewish Society for the Furthering of the Arts in Moscow, together with Wladimir Baranoff-Rossine, El Lissitzky and the others. In this same year, he installed a temporary work of architectural sculpture in Palace Square to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the October Revolution. The canvas was subsequently cut up and used for soldiers’ foot bindings.
In 1920, he became a member of the Institute for Artistic Culture (INKHUK), together with Kasimir Malevich, Vladimir Tatlin and the others. In the same year, he participated in the exhibition From Impressionism to Cubism in the Museum of Painterly Culture in Petrograd..(now Saint Petersburg). In 1921, he moved to Moscow. From 1921 to 1922 he was director of the Museum of Painterly Culture in Petrograd.