A colorful and unique artistic personality, Yakulov was born in Tiflis (Tbilisi, Georgia). When he was ten years old his family moved to Moscow, where he studied at the school attached to the Lazarev Institute and then at an art college. Yakulov’s fame is linked above all with his theatrical designs. His sets and costumes for theater performances in Tiflis, Yerevan and, particularly, Moscow and Paris, where he was invited by Diaghilev, were received with great enthusiasm and were truly revolutionary in the world of set design. Yakulov’s paintings brought him a reputation as a great innovator.
In his youth, the artist traveled to China and then to Italy, where he sought to synthesize in his work the characteristic traits of art of the Orient and the early Renaissance expressed through melodic line and a spatial approach to composition. Yakulov placed all the figures on a single plan and carefully worked up each part of the canvas. Through great intensity and expressiveness in his colorful composition, the artist asserted his credo, the eternal and stormy movement of life.
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