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They were born in the same year, 1881. They studied at the same college of painting, sculpture and architecture. They both lived in Paris, and were inspired by the city. The pair is none other than Mikhail Larionov and Natalya Goncharova, two of Russia's most influential avant-garde painters.

Masterpieces from heiress Alexandra Tomilina's Paris collection are on display for the first time in Russia since 1914 at the New Tretyakov Gallery.

The work of the two painters is often similar. Goncharova uses variety and color - in "Ornamental Compositions," giant steel teeth spring from a collection of intersecting black lines, and one fragment of her nine-part "Khatva" depicts orange angels facing a tall prophet and phoenix - as does Larionov, in his "Oxes at Rest." Other Larionov paintings - like "The Smoker," which is hazy, as if it were enveloped in an actual cloud of smoke - have more neutral tones.

The New Tretyakov Gallery is located at 10 Krymsky Val. Metro Oktyabrskaya, Park Kultury. Tel. 238-1378. Ticket prices vary.

- Florence Gallez