Summer landscape with rock signed in Cyrillic and dated '1910' (lower left) oil on canvas 103 x 72 cm. (40 1/2 x 28 1/4 in.)
Literature: Sergey Krivodenchenkov, 'Shishkin's last pupil', Antikvarnoe Obozrenie, Salon Peterburg, No. 1 (14), 2005, p. 16, illus. Sergey Krivodenchenkov, 'Shishkin's last pupil', Antik Respect, May, 2005, p. 29, illus.
Grigory Ivanovich Gurkin was born in the Altai Republic in 1870 and was known there for his artistic talent; indeed, the composer Andrei Viktorovich Anokhin observed his skill and it was only a matter of time before the painter came to the attention of Ivan Ivanovich Shiskin. Shishkin took a liking to the young artist and used his influence to keep his star in the ascendant.