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Departure (Officer Taking Leave of His Family). 1850

Chernyshev Alexei,
Oil on сanvas
68 x 86,5

State Russian Museum


Depicted is a real situation that occurred in the family of Alexei Tomilov, a landowner and patron of the arts who lived in Staraya Ladoga. Tomilov''s son, an officer, leaving on his next campaign, is saying goodbye to his loved ones, his mother and his wife. On the right stands Alexei Tomilov himself, the father of the departing officer. The painting is considered to be among the earliest genre paintings, and Chernyshev received a gold medal, second class for it in 1850.

Author's Biography

Chernyshev Alexei

CHERNYSHEV, Alexei Filippovich
1824, Orenburg - 1863, St Petersburg
Painter, draughtsman, genre artist, portraitist, landscapist. Son of a soldier. Studied drawing under an icon painter. Moved to St Petersburg (1841) and studied landscape painting under Maxim Vorobyov at the Imperial Academy of Arts. Took lessons from Alexei Venetsianov and became a fellow of the Society for the Encouragement of Artists with the support of Venitsianov (1843). Fellow of the Imperial Academy of Arts in Italy (1853–1860). Academician (1860).

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