Nicholas Kalmakoff

January 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

Nicholas Kalmakoff (1873-1955) was a Russian born, Parisian based artist, whose work was completely neglected until forty of his paintings were discovered at a flea market in the 1960s, sparking a flame of interest about the mysterious, reclusive artist. He is now considered as one of the leading lights of the Visionary movement, and his paintings have a strong Symbolist influence.

photo of Kalmakoff

Kalmakoff in Paris, 1928

L. Caruana remarks that “throughout his solitary life, the artist has painted works that reflected his various obsessions with martyrdom, asceticism, decadence, spirituality and sexuality. Executed in a style marked by the Russian art nouveau, his imagery nevertheless transcended this movement, bearing undeniable traces of demented vision, indeed, genius.”

Self Portrait as Louis XIV

Self Portrait as Louis XIV

Sleeping Town

Sleeping Town

Evening Light

Evening Light

Salome Sphinx

Salome Sphinx

Rebel Angel

Rebel Angel



  1. Al Griffith said,

    I discovered Kalmakoff a while back – he was a wonferful artist.

  2. Decadent Handbook said,

    I think so too! It’s such a shame that his work was neglected for so long.

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