This Soviet film is a biography of the Georgian artist Niko Pirosmanishvili (1863-1918), usually known as Pirosmani. Pirosmani died of starvation, unable to sell any of his works for sufficient money to support life.
Like Parajanov's Sayat Nova, Giorgi Shengelaya explores what it means to create, and to devote one's life to creation; to live in such a way that does not toady to the expectations and desires of others. Despite being a very dark and sombre film, Pirosmani is also a film of genuine and profound inspiration. Full Review: http://cinephiledreams.blogspot.com/2013/12/pirosmani-1969.html
It is a bit clumsy, as far as camerawork and editing is concerned, but you keep wondering if this is intentional. The main character is likeable enough to watch it till the end, but on the whole, it just makes you really happy, that you don't have to live in Georgia (I apologise to people who actually live in Georgia, it's probably a really groovy place).