Jack of Diamonds (artists)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Jack of Diamonds, also called Knave Of Diamonds, was a group of artists founded in 1909 in Moscow. The group included Robert Falk, Aristarkh Lentulov, Ilya Mashkov, Alexander V. Kuprin, and Pyotr Konchalovsky. The group's members considered Paul Cézanne to be the only worthy painter to imitate, the others being too trivial and bourgeois for their tastes.
The name itself was coined by Mikhail Larionov for the exhibition of 1910. Among the famous painters that participated in the first Jack of Diamonds exhibition were Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Gontcharova, Kazimir Malevich (and later, Léopold Survage). Some artists eventually disagreed with the group's ethos and formed the more radical Donkey's Tail.