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Clichés of St. Petersburg:
State Russian Museum

The Russian Museum is exclusively devoted to Russian arts. Its permanent collection of paintings is at the Mikhailovsky Palace, a few meters away from the St. Petersburg Philharmonie.

Below are my personal favourites. Despite obvious difficulties, photos are by myself, unless stated otherwise.

☞   KARL BRYULLOV (1799-1852)


The Last Day of Pompeii.

☞   ALEXANDER IVANOV (1806-1858)

Ivanov's Work in the Museum

A comprehensive collection of Ivanov's works. (Not in the photo: Appearance of Christ before Mary Magdalene, 1835.)

☞   IVAN AIVAZOVSKY (1817-1900)


The Ninth Wave.


The Billow.

☞   ALEXEI SAVRASOV (1830-1897)

Rooks have arrived by Savrasov

The Rooks Have Arrived. [1]

☞   NIKOLAI GE [NIKOLAY GAY] (1831-1894)

Portrait of Tolstoy by Nikolai Gay

Portrait of Tolstoy. [2]
1884. [3]

☞   IVAN SHISHKIN (1832-1898)

Stream in a Birch Forest by Shishkin

Stream in a Birch Forest.

Pine Grove by Shishkin

Mast-Pine Grove.

☞   VASILY PEROV (1834-1882)

Lone Guitarist by Perov

Lone Guitarist.

☞   IVAN KRAMSKOI (1837-1887)

Portrait of Shishkin by Kramskoi

Portrait of Fyodor Vasilyev.

Portrait of Shishkin by Kramskoi

Portrait of Ivan Shishkin.

☞   ARKHIP KUINDZHI (1842-1910)

Night on the Dnieper by Kuindzhi

Night on the Dnieper.
(image from Wikipedia)

☞   VASILY POLENOV (1844-1927)

Moscow Patio by Polenov

Moscow Patio. [4]

☞   ILYA REPIN (1844-1930)

Barge Haulers on the Volga by Repin

Barge Haulers on the Volga.

Sadko by Repin


St. Nicholas Saves Three Innocents by Repin

St. Nicholas Saves Three Innocents from Death.

Reply of the Zaporozhy Cossacks by Repin

Reply of the Zaporozhy Cossacks.
(image from Wikipedia)

Tolstoy Barefoot by Repin

Tolstoy Barefoot.

Related topic: Repin's House "The Penates" in Peterhof, Pavlovsk, Repino.

☞   VASILY SURIKOV (1848-1916)

Bronze Horseman by Surikov

View of the Monument to Peter I.

Capture of a Snow Town by Surikov

Capture of a Snow Town.

Ermak's Conquest by Surikov

Conquest of Siberia by Ermak.

Suvorov crossing the Alps by Surikov

Suvorov crossing the Alps.
(image from Wikipedia)

☞   VIKTOR VASNETSOV (1848-1926)

Tolstoy Barefoot by Repin

Knight at the Crossroads. 1882. [5]
("If you go to the left — you'll lose your horse. If you go to the right — you'll lose your life. And if you go forward — well, you'll lose them both.")

☞   FYODOR VASILYEV (1850-1973)

Thaw by Vasilyev

Thaw. 1871.
Vasilyev died young, but left remarkable works ensuring him a modest place in the history.

☞   ISAAC LEVITAN (1860-1900)

Lake by Levitan

Golden Autumn Slobodka.

Lake by Levitan

Lake. 1899-1900.
Levitan's last work is unfinished. But does anyone complain about Bruckner's Ninth Symphony being incomplete?

☞   KONSTANTIN KOROVIN (1861-1939)

Portrait of Shaliapin by Korovin

Portrait of Fyodor Shaliapin. 1911.[6]
Although not as well-known as Kustodiev's, the portrait offers a great contrast with the image of Boris Godunov.[7]

☞   VALENTIN SEROV (1865-1911)

Portrait of Princess Yusupova by Serov

Portrait of Princess Zinaida Yusupova.

☞   KONSTANTIN SOMOV (1869-1939)

Portrait of Rachmaninov by Somov

Portrait of Sergey Rachmaninov.
(image from Wikipedia)

☞   BORIS KUSTODIEV (1878-1927)

Portrait of Shaliapin by Kustodiev

Portrait of Fyodor Shaliapin.

☞   KUZMA PETROV-VODKIN (1878-1939)

Portrait of Shaliapin by Kustodiev


☞   BORIS GRIGORIEV (1886-1939)

Portrait of Shaliapin by Kustodiev

Portrait of Vsyevolod Meyerhold.

☞   NATHAN ALTMAN (1889-1970)

Portrait of Akhmatova by Altman

Portrait of Anna Akhmatova.

☞   ARKADY PLASTOV (1893-1972)

Midday by Plastov


☞   ALEXANDER DEYNEKA (1899-1969)

Expanse by Deyneka

(image from the State Russian Museum)

Clichés of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg

Image from Fyodor Dostoevsky Literary Memorial Museum. Background photos by myself: (left) Lake (1899-1900), Isaac Levitan, State Russian Museum; (right) State Hermitage Museum & the Neva.

□   The City on the Neva

□   Canals and Bridges

□   State Russian Museum (you are currently on this page)
     Related: State Tretyakov Gallery Moscow

□   Noble Spirits

□   The Idiot and Poor Folk

□   Peterhof, Pavlovsk, Repino

□   The Rest is Silence

[1] A different version of The Rooks is in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, "Savrasov copied his paintings many times for different patrons".

[2] The work belongs to the permanent collection of the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. It is seen in St. Petersburg probably because, according to the Gallery's website (July 2017), Hall 31 (Nikolay Ge) is "temporary closed due to annual repairs".

[3] Wikipedia gives the year as 1882.

[4] A different version (with babies playing around; 1878) is in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

[5] According to ABC Gallery, two previous versions (both in 1878) exist: one in the Museum of Russian Art at Kiev, and the other in the History and Art Museum, Serpukhov, near Moscow.

[6] Wikipedia gives the year as 1915.

[7] In the Museum, the effect of contrast is immediate: the painting is shown together with Portrait of Fyodor Shaliapin in the Role of Boris Godunov (1912) by Alexander Golovin.

  Mise à jour : le lundi 17 juillet 2017