Pisemsky Alexei

Landscape with mills 73,3x114,9 cm, oil on canvas

Alexey Alexandrovich Pisemsky (1859-1913) – landscape painter. The nephew of the writer A.F. Pisemsky. After graduating from the Kostroma school, he entered in 1878 as a freelance student at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. A year later, became her student. He graduated from the academy in 1882. From 1880 to 1885 he received three small and two large silver medals for the curriculum. In 1887, he graduated from the Academy of Arts with the title of class artist of the third degree.

The following year (1888), for paintings presented at the academic exhibition (“Mushroom Forest” and “In the Park”), he was promoted to 2nd degree artists. Since 1890 – a class artist of the 1st degree. Since 1890, he taught at the Drawing School of the Society for the Promotion of the Arts. He took part in exhibitions of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1887-1913, with interruptions), the St. Petersburg Society of Artists, the Society of Russian Watercolorists, international in Berlin (1887).

The number of landscapes painted by the artist is large, they were willingly bought by collectors. Among them are representatives of the Imperial family.

A.A. Pisemsky willingly participates in various domestic and foreign exhibitions, the names of the paintings speak about the nature (tonality) of his works: “Autumn in the Park”, “Twilight”, “Swamp”, “After the Rain”, “Country Road”, “Spring Spill”, ” Frosts “,” Late Autumn “,” Pear in Blossom “,” Ivnyak “,” Spring “(property of the Academy of Arts),” In the Park “(property of the Empress Empress),” On a Hill “(property of P.M. Tretyakov), “Cliff” (property of the Academy of Arts) and others. (It is clear that the owners are indicated in the last decades of the XIX century). He died in 1913 in St. Petersburg.

The painting “Landscape with Mills” is an excellent example of the skill of the artist A. Pisemsky. The landscape is painted directly from nature, easily and freely. The palette is characterized by lightness, transparency, sonority and harmony. One of the main advantages in this landscape is the transmission of contrasts of light and shadow, sunlight and air using chiaroscuro and color spots. This picture is a typical example of realistic landscape painting of the late XIX century in Russian art. The paintings of A. Pisemsky are worthily on a par with the best representatives of Russian landscape art, which adorn museums and private collections.

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