Birds on the rocks of the polar sea. At the Commander Islands

The artist is Korovin

The Russian Museum owns a complex of 31 panels created by Korovin for the Outskirts of the Outskirts of Russia at the World Exhibition in Paris 1900. The complex includes a panel for the northern department, for the Siberian department and for the Central Asian Department.

The panel complex was created by Korovin together with his assistant n.AND.Klodt for the Outskirts of the Outskirts of Russia at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900 (for the Siberian Department).

The Siberian Hall was decorated with separately hanging panels depicting the taiga at Lake Baikal, gold mining, a northern bird market, a herd of whales floating at sea, a roy of cats on the Commander Islands. Stewed in silver-green flavor and designed for perception with a relatively close distance, they are written by separate short and long strokes, combining the style of modernity and post-impressionism.

The panel is distinguished by the sensitivity of the master to the specifics of motives, laconicism and monumentality in the interpretation of forms. The lighting is skillfully conveyed – soft, scattered light of Siberia.

The development of the idea of ​​the exposition was directly related to. P. Semenov-Ten-Shansky, curator of the Outskirts Department, editor and one of the authors of the collection “Outskirts of Russia”. This common idea was determined by the choice of motives of future panels, their size, format and location in the space of exhibition halls. The proximity of exhibits various in nature influenced a single color scheme of each of the three groups of paintings.

Korovin’s activities at the exhibition and its panel were highly appreciated by the art community – the international jury of the Paris exhibition awarded him gold and silver medals. By the decision of the Government of the French Republic, he becomes the gentleman of the Order of the Honorary Legion.

In the fall of 1900, the fate of the panel of Korovin decided. In the summer, the vice president of the IAX and. And. Tolstoy expressed the idea of ​​the desirability of transferring these canvases to the Russian Museum of Emperor Alexander III. The end of the exhibition and Tenishev was approaching by a letter of August 26, 1900 reminded him of this idea. Soon Tolstoy informed Grand Duke Georgy Mikhailovich, the first leader of the future timing: “These panels are distinguished by outstanding artistic virtues and would serve as a true and indispensable decoration of the ethnographic department of the Russian museum of Emperor Alexander III”. In response, they received a telegram: “I heartily thank you for the service of the Russian Museum. I will be happy to accept the panel of Korovin from the Paris exhibition to the walls of the museum, to the ethnographic department. George “. Tenishev was ordered to send a panel to the capital’s museum.

The second and last time the Panel complex was exhibited at the III exhibition “World of Art” in 1901 in St. Petersburg in the halls of the Academy of Arts. At the end of the exhibition, all the panel entered the Russian Museum.

The island of Medny is depicted in the group of the Commander Islands.

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