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Niko Pirosmani
(Nikolai Aslanovich Pirosmanashvili)

(1862- 1918)

Niko Pirosmani (Nikolai Aslanovich Pirosmanashvili) Portrait

Biography

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Niko Pirosmani (1862? - 1918) was a Georgian Primitivist painter of the turn of the 20th Century. Without any formal education in art or, in fact, much of an education in anything, he made up for this with innate talent and the fecundity of his brush. Over the course of his brief life (he died at the age of 56), much of which passed in poverty and vagrancy, and working with only the cheapest materials, Pirosmani produced an immense number of paintings, a large chunk of which are lost. The artist's work came to public attention only towards the end of his life, almost by accident, and he had only a handful of exhibitions.

Niko Pirosmani was born in the small village of Mirzaani, Kakheti, Eastern Georgia, probably in 1862, though the exact date is uncertain. His surname in the original Georgian was Pirosmanshvili (alternately spelled Pirosmanshvilli, Pirosmanshwili and Pirosmanshwilli), though he became better known abroad by the dimunitive Pirosmani. The painter had three siblings: his sister Miriam, his elder brother Georgiy and his sister Peputsa, the youngest in the family.Read Niko Pirosmani (Nikolai Aslanovich Pirosmanashvili)'s Full Biography


Niko Pirosmani. Feast with Barrel Organist Datico. Feast with Barrel Organist Datico. 1906. Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Portrait of Alexander Garanov. Portrait of Alexander Garanov. 1906. Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. A Georgian Woman with Tambourine. A Georgian Woman with Tambourine. 1906. Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. The Feast of Five Princes. The Feast of Five Princes. 1906. Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. The Russian-Japanese War. The Russian-Japanese War. 1906. Oil on oilcloth. Private collection. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Hunting Scene with a View of the Black Sea. Hunting Scene with a View of the Black Sea. 1912. Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Portrait of Ilya Zdanevich. Portrait of Ilya Zdanevich. 1913. Oil on oilcloth. Private collection. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Roe with a Landscape in the Background. Roe with a Landscape in the Background. 1913. Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Wedding in the Old-Time Georgia. Wedding in the Old-Time Georgia. 1916. Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Mother Bear with Her Cubs. Mother Bear with Her Cubs. 1917. Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. A Boy Carrying Food. A Boy Carrying Food. . Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Rooster and Hen with Chickens. Rooster and Hen with Chickens. . Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Threshing Yard. Evening. Threshing Yard. Evening. . Oil on oilcloth. House-Museum of N. Pirosmanashvili, Mirzaani, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Cook. Cook. . Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Gate-Keeper. Gate-Keeper. . Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Feast in a Gazebo. Feast in a Gazebo. . Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Family Feast. Family Feast. . Oil on oilcloth. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Shepherd in a Sheepskin Cloak on a Red Background. Shepherd in a Sheepskin Cloak on a Red Background. . Oil on oilcloth. Private collection. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Giraffe. Giraffe. . Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. A Bear in a Moon Night. A Bear in a Moon Night. . Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Black Lion. Black Lion. . Oil on oilcloth. Private collection. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Boar. Boar. . Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Tatar - Camel Driver. Tatar - Camel Driver. . Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Fruit Stall. Fruit Stall. . Oil on oilcloth. House-Museum of N. Pirosmanashvili, Mirzaani, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Healer on a Donkey. Healer on a Donkey. . Oil on oilcloth. State Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. [Order a Print]
Niko Pirosmani. Roe Deer by a Creek. Roe Deer by a Creek. . Oil on oilcloth. Private collection. [Order a Print]
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