Gorbatov was born in Stavropol in the Samara province. He lived in Riga from 1896 to 1903, and studied civil engineering before painting. Gorbatov left Russia permanently in 1922 following the Russian Revolution of 1917 and settled on the Italian island of Capri. He moved to Berlin in 1926, where he remained until his death. One of the most successful Russian émigré artists of the 1920-30s, Konstantin Gorbatov is as famous for his sun-drenched landscapes as he is for his nostalgic depictions of Old Russia in post-impressionist footsteps.