Friday, June 29, 2012

Vasily Perov, ctd

Nikita Pustosviat. Dispute on the Confession of Faith (1881)

 Portrait of F.F. Rezanov (1868)

 Sending off the Deceased (1865)

 Solitary Guitarist (1865)
[sometimes translated as The Bachelor Guitarist]

 Tea-Time in Mytischi (1862)

 The Birdcatcher (1870)

 The Last Tavern at the City Gates (1868)

Queue to a Reservoir (1865)
[I get cold just looking at this]

Troyka. Apprentice Workmen Carrying Water (1866)
[one of the most devastating depictions of poverty I have ever seen]

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Vasily Perov

Vasily Perov (1834-1882) was a Russian painter of genre scenes and portraits. Many of his works display humor or irony, but others are dead serious. His paintings show him to be a keen observer of all levels of Russian society. Here is a YouTube movie about Perov (in Russian with English subtitles), focusing on the final painting of this set, his portrait of Dostoyevsky.

A Meal in the Monastery (1865-76)

 Amateur (1862)

 Arrival of a New Governess in a Merchant House (1866)

 Arriving at the Inquiry (1857)

 Easter Procession in a Village (1861)

 First Christians in Kiev (1880)

 The Hunters at Rest (1871)

 Incorrigible One (1873)

Portrait of Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1872)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Victor Vasnetsov, ctd

A second set of paintings by Vasnetsov. The first painting here, a portrait of his daughter, is one of the most delightful and sensitive portraits I have ever seen. Vasnetsov obviously loved his daughter deeply.

Portrait of Tatyana Vasnetsova, the Artist's Daughter (1897)

 Severnaya Country

 Tea-drinking in a Tavern (1874)

 The Flying Carpet (1880)

 The Unsmiling Tsarevna (1916-26)
[based on this story]

 Three Tsarevnas of the Underground Kingdom (1879)
[based on this story]

 After Igor Svyatoslavich's Fighting with the Polovtsy (1880)
[who was Igor Svyatoslavich? find out here
[who were the Polovtsy? find out here]

 Boyan (1910)

 Sleeping Beauty

The Snow Maiden (1899)
[based on this story]

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Victor Vasnetsov

Victor Vasnetsov (1848-1926) was a Russian painter who often drew inspiration from fairy tales.

 A Game of Preference (1879)

 A Knight at the Crossroads (1878)

 Acrobats (Festival in a Paris Suburb) (1876-77)

 At a Bookseller's (1876)

 Girl-friends (1878)

 Ivan Tsarevitch Riding the Grey Wolf (1889)

 Ivan the Terrible (1897)

 Moving House (1876)

 News from the Front (1878)

Portrait of Sophia Shevtsova

Monday, June 25, 2012

Valery Jacobi

Valery Jacobi (1834-1902) was a Russian painter. Each of the interesting scenes he has painted here immediately draws one in to speculation about the story that is being depicted.

 Ice House (1878)

 Jesters at the Court of Empress Anna Ioanovna (1872)

Prisoners' Rest (1861)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Nikolai Sverchkov

Nikolai Sverchkov (1817-1898) was a Russian painter who focused on outdoor scenes, mostly in winter.

 A Troika in a Blizzard (1881)

 At the Winter Hunting Lodge (1891)

 Bear Hunt

 Bear Hunters in the Blizzard (1886)

 Caught in a Storm 

Hunting the Wolf (1873)

 In the Storm

 The Herdsman

 The Hunter (1881)

 Troika in Winter (1849)
[a troika was the traditional Russian sled drawn by three horses side-by-side]

 Tsar Nicholas I on a Winter Outing (1853)

Winter Sleigh Ride (1859)