Konstantin Alekseyevich Korovin
Born in Moscow in 1861. Died in Paris in 1939. It is strange that Korovin, a born painter, should begin his studies in the architectural department of the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. However, only several months later, he became a student of A.K. Savrasov, and later V.D. Polenov. Continuing the line of Savrasov and Polenov’s lyrical landscape, he arrived at the Impressionist vision of nature—a conveyance of light and air and creation directly from life—even before he saw the works of the French Impressionists in 1893. Korovin’s trip to the Russian North in 1894 had a great influence on him. Korovin was highly productive as an artist of the theater. He worked for S.I. Mamontov’s private opera from 1885, and in Imperial theaters later on. In 1923, he moved to Paris where he continued to work as a theatrical decorator and paint landscapes, particularly nocturnal scenes of Paris boulevards. Korovin was one of the most brilliant representatives of Impressionism in Russian art and he remained loyal to this trend in painting up to the end of the 1930s.
Valetin Aleksandrovich Serov
Portrait of the artist Konstantin Alekseyevich Korovin
oil on canvas
111.2 x 89 cm
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
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