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Portrait of Ekaterina Kireyevskaya. 1839

Tropinin Vasiliy,
Oil on canvas
72 x 60

State Russian Museum


This image of the wife of a member of the ruling elite does not accentuate the sitter’s social status. The artist attempts to express her personality, painting a psychological portrait.
Ekaterina Vasilyevna Kireyevskaya (1788–1866): Daughter of privy councillor and senator Vasily Nelidov. Married S. A. Kireyevsky.

Author's Biography

Tropinin Vasiliy

Tropinin, Vasily Andreyevich
1776, Karpovo (Novgorod Province) -1857, Moscow
Portraitist, genre painter, landscapist, draughtsman. Serf of Count Minich and then Count Morkov. External student at the Imperial Academy of Arts (from 1804). Called home by his owner, worked as a serf painter in the Ukraine and Moscow. Freed from serfdom and nominated to the Imperial Academy of Arts (1823). Academician (1824). Mostly worked in Moscow, influencing the Moscow school of painting. Painted portraits of such contemporaries as Alexander Pushkin and single-figure genre compositions. Contributed to many exhibitions in Moscow and St Petersburg.

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