We were struck by the extent to which art in 1917 reflected so many different currents, but in fact falling into two camps depending on the subjects treated : some artists drew their inspiration directly from the war or its consequences while others seemed to ignore the fighting on the front. Brancusi, Chagall, Modigliani, Picasso himself, whatever their personal interest or implication in the conflict might be, made absolutely no allusion to it in their works . Monet, at the age of 77, could only contribute generously to charitable associations helping the wounded or orphaned, while pursuing his research of light and water in his series.
Lentulov belonged to that group of artists who dedicated themselves at first to a new orientation in the teaching of Russian art after 1917. From 1919 he gave lectures at the Vkhutemas (Higher Art and Technical Studios), whose goals were comparable to those of the Bauhaus in Germany. Tatlin, Popova and Kandinsky also taught at Vkhutemas.