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A Peasant Boy Donning Bast Shoes. Between 1823 and 1826

Venetsianov Alexei,
Oil on Canvas
37 х 28

State Russian Museum

Пост. в 1897 из ИЭ


This painting is a combination of a genre scene and a portrait – a typical mix in Venetsianov’s work.
In 1826–1827 a painting entitled A Peasant Putting on His Shoes was exhibited by the Artists’ Support Society. After the exhibition it was copied by an unknown lithographer. One copy of the painting created by K.A. Zelentsov can be seen in the State Tretyakov Gallery and another one by an unknown artist of the second quarter of the 19th century – in the State Russian Museum.

Author's Biography

Venetsianov Alexei

Venetsianov, Alexei Gavrilovich
1780, Moscow - 1847, Poddubie (Tver Province)
Founding father of Russian peasant genre painting. Painter, portraitist, etcher, lithographer. Son of a Moscow merchant, educated at private boarding school, worked as a draughtsman. Moved to St Petersburg (1802) and worked as a land surveyor for the crown properties and forestry departments. Studied painting independently, copied works in the Imperial Hermitage and drew pastel portraits. Academician (1811). Resigned from the civil service, moved to the country and painted genre scenes from life (early 1820s). Exhibited at the Imperial Academy of Arts and the Society for the Encouragement of Artists. Had many students, who formed the Venetsianov school in Russian art. Killed in a road accident at the Milyukov estate.

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