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Nikolai Pavlovich Krasovsky (1840-1906) "Yamshchik on the bank of Neva", oil/canvas, 1870s, RARITY!!
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An extreme rarity at the current antique market (one finds only one entry of its auction sales in the records of the past thirty years - see our image nr.19), it is a work of well-known Russian painter and sculptor of the 2nd half of the 19th century, Nikolai Pavlovich Krasovsky.
It is an oil-on-canvas painting showing a Russian winter scene of a "yamshchik" (coachman) standing by his sledge on the snowy bank of Neva by St. Petersburg (CLICK HERE).
The painting's Latin-lettered signature "N.P. Krassowsky" is the evidence that the author executed it either as a commissioned work of an expatriate on his or her stay in Russia (possibly German national, for "Krassowsky" is a German transliteration of this Russian name), or as a work intended for the artist's forthcoming participation in 1876 World Exhibition in Philadelphia.
Nikolai Pavlovich Krasovsky (Krassowsky) was born in Russia in 1840. After his graduation from the 1st Kadetski Corps (Military School) he was appointed as an officer of the Life Guards Chasseur Regiment, which was stationed in Gatchina by St. Petersburg.
In the same period, he studied drawing and sculpture. In 1870, he withdrew from the military service and devoted himself entirely to the arts. He registered himself as a "volnoprikhodyashchi" (non-enlisted) student at the St. Petersburg Imperial Academy of Fine Arts (he joined the battle-painting class). Back in 1869, he was elected an honorary free member of the Academy for his wax composition "Departure on a mission with a peasant cart".
At 1874 academic exhibition, he was awarded two small silver medals and a medal for "Great Incentive" for his studies of horses (sic!).
He worked as a landscapist and marine painter. In 1879, on order of the Imperial Court, Krasovsky executed the painting "Platov's Cossacks in 1812"; in 1881 - an equestrian statue of Tsar Alexander I.
He participated in academic exhibitions of 1869, 1874, 1877 and 1889. Back in 1876, some of his works were shown at the Philadelphia World Exhibition (1876).
Works of Nikolai Pavlovich Krasovsky can be viewed in Russia's most esteemed museums.
Provenance: German private estate (kept in the same family for generations)
Condition: fairly good; in original frame
Creation Year: 1870s
Measurements:UNFRAMED:40,8x60,5cm/16,1x23,8in FRAMED: 52,8x72,2cm/20,8x28,4in
Object Type:Framed oil painting
Style: 19th century Russian paintings
Technique: oil on canvas
Inscription:signed with Latin characters "N.P. Krassowsky"
Creator: Nikolai Pavlovich Krasovsky
Creator Dates: 1840 Russia-1906
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