Vladimir Nikolaevich Fedorovich (1871-1928) was a bright follower of the masters of the Russian landscape, such as A.K. Savrasov, V.D. Polenov, A.A. Kiselev, M.V. Nesterov, I.I. Levitan and others. He began to receive his first artistic skills at the Odessa School of Drawing, which helped him to enter the Higher Art School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg in 1894, where he studied under the guidance of such landscape masters as A.I. Kuindzhi and A.A. Kiselev. After studying until 1900, V.N. Fedorovich receives the title of artist for the paintings “Forest” and “Morning”.
After graduation, since 1900, the artist began to exhibit at the Spring Exhibitions of the Academy of Arts, at the exhibitions of the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions and at the exhibitions of the Moscow Society of Art Lovers. Since 1917, after the October Revolution, V. Fedorovich became an active member of the Society of Artists named after A.I. Kuindzhi, where he exhibited his works until his death. He also participated in other equally important exhibitions, such as “Community of Artists” in 1917 and 1921, the Petrograd Society of Artists, the First State Free Exhibition of Works of Art in 1919, the Society of Russian Artists, the Ekaterinodar Society of Artists and the anniversary exhibition of fine arts in 1927 year.
V.N. Fedorovich was engaged in decorative and church painting in the Saratov Cathedral. He taught at the Drawing School of the St. Petersburg Society for the Encouragement of Arts and at the art-industrial technical school created on its basis in Soviet times. During his lifetime, the artist’s works were published in numerous periodicals.
The work of Vladimir Nikolaevich Fedorovich “On a steep bank”, dated 1924, is a vivid continuation of the picturesque traditions of the Russian landscape. In this painting, filled with the sun and bright colors, the artist managed to combine the immediacy and freshness of plein air perception with the integral and at the same time intimate-warm feeling of the world so characteristic of the Russian landscape tradition. Fedorovich not only expressed the characteristic appearance of Russian nature, but also tried to comprehend the important aspects of the national warehouse and the nature of the people, the specific features of Russian life. The uniform consonance of man and nature, their mutual resonance was, as it were, an imprint of the human soul in the nature of the landscape.
The accuracy of the transmitted illumination, tone, pattern, color gives the painting of V. Fedorovich the completeness of the artistic expression, contributes to the full-blooded embodiment of the experiences of the artist and his main characters. Two girls sitting on the river bank are very similar to the heroines portrayed by M. Nesterov in the works “Duma”, “Two Sisters”, “Girls on the River Bank”, “On the Mountains”. As in the paintings of M. Nesterov, this work is permeated with purely Russian “love-pity” for their heroines, left alone with nature, with their thoughts and dreams. The author of the work conveys the experiences of girls. It can be seen how the beautiful Russian nature helps them not to hide their feelings and be completely healed by opening their souls. The work fully shows all the wealth of the Russian female soul, comparing it with the wealth of Russian nature.
The artist’s works are in the Museum of the Academy of Arts, in the museums of Krasnodar, Taganrog and Saratov.