Ge Nikolai ,
Oil on canvas
288 х 341
State Russian Museum
Пост. в 1923 году из АХ
Saul, the first king of Israel, wanted to know his fortune before an important military campaign. The Witch of Endor summoned the spirit of prophet Samuel, and he predicted a horrible death for the king and his sons, because Saul failed to fulfill God’s orders.
In 1857 Ge was awarded with a 1st class golden medal for this painting. He also received a title of a high-class artist and was sent on a trip abroad.
Ge, Nikolai Nikoiaevich
1831, Voronezh - 1894, Ivanovskoe (Chernihiv Province)
Painter, draughtsman, history and religious painter, portraitist, landscapist. Studied mathematics at Kiev University (1847-48) and St Petersburg University (1848- 50). Studied under Pyotr Basin at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1850-57) and influenced by Karl Brullov and Alexander Ivanov. Fellow of the Imperial Academy of Arts in Rome and Florence (1857-63). Lived in Florence (until 1869). Professor (1863; resigned 1869). Founding member of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (1871). Influenced by Leo Tolstoy (i88os). Lived in Kiev and St Petersburg, moved to Ivanovskoe in Chernihiv Province (1876). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Imperial Academy of Arts (from 1857), Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (1871-94), Exposition Universelle in Paris (1867) and the International Exhibitions in Munich (1869) and London (1873). One-man show at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1870).