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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.
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.”