In the early 1970s he began to favour a primitive style and the present work is strongly reminiscent of Malevich's late works, with its readable geometric abstraction. The picture is also a tribute to the Russian countryside and the role of the rural regions as the source of great historical and social drama.
Oil on canvas
150 × 180 cm; 59 × 71 in.
Nikonov studied at the Surikov Institute of Art in Moscow (1949–56). Nikonov was a member of The Group of Eight and was a founder of the Severe Style in Soviet art in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He was a People' s Artist of Russia in 1994.