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Robert Falk spent the summer of 1913 in Ruza, a small town outside Moscow, engaged in much prolific work. Old Man is one of the works that he painted there. It has not been established who sat for the artist. In a letter to V. P. Knyazeva, the artist’s widow writes: “I remember Robert saying that it was a Tatar.” When the portrait was shown at the Spring Exhibition in Odessa, one of the critics wrote in a review of the show: “Falk, Kuprin and Fyodorov are typical Cézanneists. In one of his portraits of an old man, the first paints a virtual double of Cézanne’s Man with a Pipe.”


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