After his wedding in 1905 the artist focused on motifs of his family life: Thus, his children and his wife can be seen on many paintings in everyday situation while sleeping and playing. The present painting 'In the blue craddle' belongs to this group of works.
The painting is overall in good condition, consistent with age. There are rubbed spots due to the frame in some places and tiny damages to the edges. Small nail holes are mainly to the edges. Tiny craquelure can be partially seen and overall are scattered small losses of color as well as a small tear lower right and a scratch center right. The frame shows signs of age and wear as well as small tears to the right edge and small losses of material to the edges.
Nicolas Tarkhoff (1871-1930)
Nicolas Tarkhoff the son of a wealthy merchant was rejected by the academy in Moscow because of his revolutionary ideas. As a young man, he was part of the Muscovite artistic circles before he went to Paris around the turn of the century after several journeys. He was student at the Académie Julian and later he attended the Academy of Fine Arts. His way of painting is influenced by van Gogh, Cézanne und Pissarro and characterized by expressive brushstrokes and bright colors. Tarkhoff is regarded as a Post-Impressionist. His oeuvre is represented by Paris street scenes, still lifes, animal paintings and by the landscapes of the surroundings of Orsay where he settled down with his family in 1911. (msc)