Zhuravlev Fris

Boyarinya 62х52 сm, oil on canvas, the end of XIX-th сentury
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The portrait presented in the collection is related to canvas painted by F. Zhuravlev, revealing the theme of Russian boyars. The woman in the painting the artist poses and even though trying to make impression on the audience and at the same time has casual conversation with the invisible person.
F. Zhuravlev bases his work on the finest nuances of tone, on the contrast of light and shadow, the combination of cold purple, pink and orange shades. He has created with the light relief volume of figure. Masterfully written with the historical accuracy attire and accessories indicate affiliation of the woman to a particular social class. Pomp and splendor, ornamental elegance were very relevant in the re-establishment of the young beauty image.

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Paintings of F. Zhuravlev about life of boyars were not conceived as a historical document or as a history of people’s movement of soul. The artist was not focused on the well- known historical figures or events of the climax.

F. Zhuravlev painted Russian Boyars, in the area of the historical past, where he feels very confident.

The study of archaeological sources, “living” in the old days turned the artist’s paintings into pictorial document shows how looked and lived people from the old past. In the canvases of boyars’ life, where the history connected with the genre, will be concentrated well-known advantages of the author’s artistic thinking.

The portrait presented in the collection is related to canvas painted by F. Zhuravlev, revealing the theme of Russian boyars. The woman in the painting the artist poses and even though trying to make impression on the audience and at the same time has casual conversation with the invisible person.

F. Zhuravlev bases his work on the finest nuances of tone, on the contrast of light and shadow, the combination of cold purple, pink and orange shades. He has created with the light relief volume of figure. Masterfully written with the historical accuracy attire and accessories indicate affiliation of the woman to a particular social class. Pomp and splendor, ornamental elegance were very relevant in the re-establishment of the young beauty image.

The subject of Russian Boyars and the ancient way of life has been painted by many Great Russian artists such as: B. Surikov, V. Vereshchagin, K. Makovsky, M. Nesterov. The portrait “Boyarinya” painted by F. Zhuravlev not inferior in strength and skill. It is worthy in line with the works praised the history, beauty and spirituality of the Russian people.

Firs Zhuravlev was one of the best genre painters of his time. Being the son of a Saratov tailor, despite the expectations of his family (his parents wanted him to go on in the family traditions) he went to Petersburg where he entered the Academy of Arts. He was the student in the class of home (common) painting taught by A. Markov, P. Vasin, he also took lessons of paining from the academician L. S. Igorev. He even received the golden medal for his studies. But, failing to complete his education, he left the Academy and joined “the Riot of Fourteen” and, in 1863, he became one of the co-founders of the Petersburg Artel of Painters. His famous multi-figure compositions “Before the Marriage”, “Porter”, “A Girl with Chickens”, “Stehmother” and
“Chimney-Sweep”, for which the artist received his title of academician, are the doubtless masterpieces.

Firs Zhuravlev lived and worked in Petersburg, taught in the Drawing School of the Emperor Society of Art Encouragement. Starting from 1879, he had his own workshop where he performed his teaching activities. The artist also often participated in the international exhibitions.

The themes of his work were scenes of life of peasants, merchants and the whole trading society. These pictures have no lack of melodramatic effect and sometimes even depicted piquant scenes. The critics praised his “extreme originality of subject” and “rare mastery of performance”.

The acknowledged painting master, Firs Zhuravlev also painted icons and other church art, beside his genre scenes and portraits. The artist participated in the painting of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, painted churches all over Riga, Petersburg and other cities.

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