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Hermit. 1888

Nesterov Mikhail
Oil on canvas
91 х 84

State Russian Museum

Annotation

Mikhail Nesterov worked prolifically in Sergiev Posad in the summer of 1888. The life of the monastery and monastic hermitages, remote from earthly worries and permeated with an inner meaning, made a particularly strong impression on the passionate and impulsive artist. It was there that he painted his studies for — the first work to bring him popular success. This tranquil and poetic work reflects Nesterov’s slightly pantheistic disposition. The artist believed that only by dissolving oneself in the surrounding nature could one achieve harmony — something one could only dream about in the secular world, particularly in the towns and cities. Nesterov also addressed the motif of pilgrimage and the search for the right path in life. Previously only the subjects of Russian classical literature, spiritual quests were a popular theme in other realms of creativity at the turn of the 20th century, including philosophy and fine art.

Author's Biography

Nesterov Mikhail

Nesterov, Mikhail Vasilyevich
1862, Ufa - 1942, Moscow
Painter, portraitist, landscape artist, genre painter, author of memoirs and essays on artists. Studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1877-81, 1884-86) and the Imperial Academy of Arts (1881-84). Full member of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1910). Member of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (1896) and founding member of the Union of Russian Artists (1903). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (1889-1901), World of Art (1899-1901), 36 Artists (1901-03), Union of Russian Artists (1922, 1923), All-Russian Exhibition in Nizhny Novgorod (1896), Exposition Universelle in Paris (1900), International Exhibitions in Munich (1898,1909) and Rome (1911), Die erste russische Kunstausstellung in Berlin (1922) and the Exhibition of Russian Art in New York (1924). Honoured Artist of the RUSSIAN SOVIET FEDERATED SOCIALIST REPUBLIC (1942).


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