1831 Elabuga - 1898 St. Ptersburg
Forest Clearing. Oil on card. 26 x 34cm. Framed.
on the card sticky note: "No. 55" as well as stamp in Cyrillic script: "Studie von I.I. Schischkin".
Irina Nikolajevna Kuleshova, Art Museum Jaroslavl, set the date of execution in the 1880s.
Ivan Shishkin was one of the most important Russian landscape painters in the second half of the nineteenth century.
In Russia was in force the opinion that representations of the domestic landscape were inferior to those of Germany, England or Italy under romantic, respectively painterly aspects. The innovative style of Shishkin's painting, which was able to emphasize the uniqueness and beauty of Russian nature in such an impressive way, radically changed the Russians' estimation of their landscape painting.
Consequently, Shishkin was one of the founding members of the "Wanderer", an association of artists who tried to emancipate themselves from the academies.
It was thought that within this group many Russian artists were blunted by clear academic guidelines on style and pictorial matter. The concentration on Russia and Russian issues has been propagated.
Schischkin's painting technique seems almost "portrait-like". Moreover, he was an excellent draughtsman. His pupils called him "Bukhgalter Listochkov" (Accountant of the sheets).
Ivan Kramskoi, his companion among the “Wanderer”, once said: "I think that he is the only artist among us who understands nature in a scientific way... Shishkin is considered a milestone in the development of Russian landscape painting; he contains an entire school in one man."
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