Nikolai Timkov (1912-1993) was born to a peasant family in Rostov on Don Russia. His early aptitude for painting was encouraged and as a young man he moved to St. Petersburg where he enrolled at what had been the Imperial Academy of Arts, renamed under the Soviets as the Repin Institute. There he was mentored by the great lyric landscape and figurative artist Isaak Brodsky (1884-1939). Under Brodsky Timkov honed his natural ability to pay attention to the quiet detail and moods of nature and entered his lifelong work as one of Russia's most prolific and sensitive landscape artists. Timkov centered his artistic life on the Academic Dacha of the Tver region, revisiting many locations in and around the Dacha over and over again in different seasons and different decades, always finding new inspiration in the ever-changing face of the natural world. His work after 1958 included daring elements of modernism influenced by early twentieth century Russian artists such as Igor Grabar and the great collection of French Impressionism at the State Hermitage Museum. After Glasnost, his work was introduced to the American public to great acclaim. His work is in the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg and many other Russian museums. He has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC and the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis and his art is in private collections worldwide.