These works from twelve museums and private collections unfold a page of Russian art history full of fresh images and unknown names. The vicissitudes of politics and art in the Soviet period resulted in the ostracism not only of great abstract artists of the avant-grade, but also figurative painters whose work was branded "formalist." Only several decades after most of his works were done was the State Russian Museum allowed to mount an exhibition of his works. And now after years of resourceful collecting and museum acquisitions is a show possible of the artists who studied with Petrov-Vodkin or who worked in the same vein. Two substantive articles, biographical sketches of about 50 artists, archival photos from art schools, and two indexes will make this catalogue a valuable source on twentieth-century art.