Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Chichkine, Ivan

Au chalet d'été (At the summer cottage)
oil on canvas
size unknown
Musée tartare, Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia

Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin (Ivan Chichkine, 1832 - 1898) was a Russian landscape painter closely associated with the Peredvizhniki movement.
He was born in Yelabuga of Vyatka Governorate (today Republic of Tatarstan), and graduated from the Kazan gymnasium. Then he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, attended the Saint Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts, which he graduated with the highest honours and a gold medal. He received the Imperial scholarship for his further studies in Europe. Five years later he became a member of the Imperial Academy in St. Petersburg and was professor of painting. His painting method was based on analytical studies of nature. He became famous for his forest landscapes, and was also an outstanding draftsman and a printmaker.

Shishkin owned a dacha in the south of St. Petersburg. There he painted some of his finest landscapes. His works are notable for poetic depiction of seasons in the woods, wild nature, animals and birds. He died in St. Petersburg, Russia, while working on his new painting.