|Leonid Pasternak Self-portrait, 1908
|Leo Tolstoy, 1908, Leonid Pasternak
|Boris Pasternak, 1910,
|Moscow in Winter, 1912,
Pasternak sought to stand apart from other Russian artists by declaring himself an impressionist, the first Russian artist to openly embrace the French painting movement. Although he espoused Impressionism early on, Leonid Pasternak's work is usually consider Post-impressionism both chronologically and stylistically. However his portraits and interiors bear little resemblance to that of his French counterparts. Only his few landscapes seem to have been influenced by Fauvists as seen in his Winter in Moscow (left) of 1912. If one were to compare Pasternak with a French painter of Post-impressionism it might well be Paul Cezanne, but without Cezanne's groundbreaking cubist tendencies or structural masses.
|Albert Einstein, 1924,