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Seven O’Clock in the Evening. 1833–1835

Krendovsky Evgraf,
Oil on paper mounted on canvas
39 х 33,5

State Russian Museum


Rare for the Russian art of the first half of the 19th century, this is a many-figured portrait that is a genre painting at the same time. Depicted are artists and writers, the close friends of the artist: the artists Grigory Chernetsov (1802–1865; at the samovar), his brother Nikanor Chernetsov (1805– 1879; with a pipe), Valerian Langer (1800?–1865?; with a glass), as well as the writer, journalist, and collector Pavel Svinin (1787–1839; with a book).

Author's Biography

Krendovsky Evgraf

KRENDOVSKY, Evgraf Fyodorovich
1810, Moscow (?) - after 1853, Manuilovka (Nizhny Novgorod Province) (?)
Painter, interior designer, genre artist. Son of an army man. Served in the chancellery of the Arzamas City Police. Studied at the Alexander Stupin School of Art in Arzamas. Lived in St Petersburg where he studied under Alexei Venetsianov (from 1830). Attended drawing classes at the Imperial Academy of Arts (from March 1830). Painted interiors of the Winter Palace (early 1830s). For family reasons, was forced to discontinue his studies and return to Moscow (1835). Taught drawing to the children of landowner V. N. Ostrogradova in Poltava Province. Awarded the rank of Free Artist of Portraiture and Miniature Painting from the Academy of Arts(1839). Spent the last years of his life at his brother''s estate in Nizhny Novgorod Province.

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