konstantin alekseyevich korovin

In the Artist’s Studio, Private Collection

Constantin Alexeevich Korovin  (Russian, 1861 - 1939)


From Wiki:  "Konstantin Alekseyevich Korovin (Russian: Константи́н Алексе́евич Коро́вин, first name often spelled Constantin; November 23 [O.S. December 5] 1861 – September 11, 1939) was a leading Russian Impressionist painter.

Konstantin was born in Moscow to a merchant family officially registered as “peasants of Vladimir Gubernia”. His father, Aleksey Mikhailovich Korovin, earned a university degree and was more interested in arts and music than in the family business established by Konstantin’s grandfather. Konstantin’s older brother Sergey Korovin was a notable realist painter. Konstantin’s relative Illarion Pryanishnikov was also a prominent painter of the time and a teacher at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.

In 1875 Korovin entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where he studied with Vasily Perov and Alexei Savrasov. His brother Sergey was already a student at the school. During their student years the Korovins became friends with fellow students Valentin Serov and Isaac Levitan; Konstantin maintained these friendships throughout his life.

In 1881–1882, Korovin spent a year at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, but returned disappointed to the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. He studied at the school under his new teacher Vasily Polenov until 1886.“ (via wiki)


Pushkin and the Muse (1930). Konstantin Alekseyevich Korovin (Russian, 1861-1939). Oil on canvas.

The inscription reads: ‘Where to the feast of the imagination, I would summon the muse’, from Pushkin’s poem The Conversation of a Bookseller and Poet (1824), in which the poet poignantly declares: 'A carefree poet I wrote, From inspiration, not for pay’. The portrait is imbued with Korovin’s own nostalgia for his homeland and a bygone era at a time when he too had material concerns.

Konstantin Alekseyevich Korovin (Константи́н Алексе́евич Коро́вин): Moskvoretsky Bridge (Москворецкий мост), 1914, oil on canvas, 134 x 104 cm, State Historical Museum, Moscow, Russia, source: commons.wikimedia.org.