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Alexey Venetsianov

(1780 - 1847)

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Biography

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Alexey Gavrilovich Venetsianov was born to the family of a merchant of Greek origin. He entered the state service in early 1800s and was transferred to St. Petersburg, where in his spare time he began to study art; he copied pictures in the Hermitage, painted friends. He got acquainted with the outstanding painter of his time Vladimir Borovikovsky and for some period lived in his house as a disciple. He tried to work as a freelance portraitist, but had little commissions. In 1811, the Board of the Academy of Arts awarded him the title of an Academician for his 2 works: Self-Portrait. and Portrait of K. I. Golovachevsky and the Younger Pupils of the Academy.

In 1819, wishing to devote himself wholly to art, Venetsianov left the service, bought the village of Safonkovo in the Tver province, and settled there. He decided to paint the surrounding life as it was. In the 1820s, he created many canvases in which he followed his idea. These works determined his contribution into Russian art.† He painted portraits of peasants, scenes of rural life; he depicted them truthfully, with kindness, but rather sentimentally. With his pictures In the Fields. Spring. (1827),† Harvesting. Summer. (1827),† Sleeping Herd-Boy. (1824) and others he was the first to depict peasantsí life in Russian art. His works were of great success at the exhibition of 1824, and enjoyed good critics in press.

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Alexey Venetsianov. Portrait of Artist's Mother. Portrait of Artist's Mother. 1801. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Portrait of the Commander of the Dragoon Regiment P. A. Chicherin. Portrait of the Commander of the Dragoon Regiment P. A. Chicherin. 1810. Pastel. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Self-Portrait. Self-Portrait. 1811. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Portrait of K. I. Golovachevsky and the Younger Pupils of the Academy. Portrait of K. I. Golovachevsky and the Younger Pupils of the Academy. 1811. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Portrait of M. A. Fonvizin. Portrait of M. A. Fonvizin. 1812. Pastel. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Portrait of V. S. Putyatina. Portrait of V. S. Putyatina. 1815-1816. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Portrait of Lubov Stromilova. Portrait of Lubov Stromilova. 1820-21. Pastel on vellum. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Cleaning of the Beet. Cleaning of the Beet. 1820. Pastel on vellum. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Threshing-Floor. Threshing-Floor. 1821-1822. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Morning of the Landlady. Morning of the Landlady. 1823. Oil on wood. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Peasant Boy Putting on Bast Sandals. Peasant Boy Putting on Bast Sandals. 1823-1827. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. A Herd-Boy with a Pipe. A Herd-Boy with a Pipe. 1820s. Oil on canvas. The Picture Gallery, Tver, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Sleeping Herd-Boy. Sleeping Herd-Boy. 1824. Oil on wood. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Girl with the Birchen Basket. Girl with the Birchen Basket. 1824. Oil on wood. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Portrait of A. A. Venetsianova. Portrait of A. A. Venetsianova. 1825-1826. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Zakharka. Zakharka. 1825. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Spinner. Spinner. 1820s. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Head of an Old Peasant. Head of an Old Peasant. 1825. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Pelageya. Peasant Woman with Scythe and Rake. Pelageya. Peasant Woman with Scythe and Rake. About 1825. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Alexey Venetsianov. Girl with the Cornflowers. Girl with the Cornflowers. 1820s. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
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