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Portrait of Count Alexei Tolstoy in his Youth. 1836

Brullov Karl,
Oil on Canvas
134 x 104


Portrait of Count Alexei Tolstoy in his Youth was painted at Count Alexei Perovsky’s house in Moscow. Count Alexei Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1817–1875): Master of the hunt, poet and playwright. Son of Count Konstantin Tolstoy (1779–1870) and Anna Tolstaya (died 1857). Raised by his uncle, Count Alexei Perovsky.

Author's Biography

Brullov Karl

Brullov (Bruleau), Karl Pavlovich
1799, St Petersburg -1852, Manziana (near Rome)
Painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, history painter, portraitist, genre painter, mural painter. Born into an artistic family. Studied under Anton Ivanov, Alexei Yegorov and Vasily Shebuyev at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1809-22), graduated with a first-class gold medal. Sent to Italy by the Society for the Encouragement of Arts (1822-35). Worked in Milan, Naples and Rome. Won fame in Europe as a portraitist and history painter for such works as The Last Day of Pompeii (1827-33, Russian Museum. St Petersburg)- Returned to Russia and lived in St Petersburg. Honorary freeman (1834), second-degree professor (1835) and first-degree professor (1846) of the Imperial Academy of Arts, where he taught history painting, enjoying the love and respect of his many students. Professor of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. Contributed to exhibitions in Rome, Milan, Paris and St Petersburg. Went abroad on the advice of doctors (1849), settled in Italy (1850).

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