Alexsei Venetsianov

Alexsei Venetsianov - freshness, and luminosity. Living and...

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Alexsei Venetsianov's best known works include In The Field: Spring (mid 1820s), The Threshing Floor (1821 or 1822), Sleeping Shepherd (between 1823 and 1826), The Morning of a Landlady (1823), Reaper (1820 s), Reapers (1820s), and Harvesting: Summer (mid 1820s). The characteristics of his works that made a memorable and lasting impression on the Russian art scene were his disregard for the common rules and techniques used by most artists during the nineteenth century. Crossing the line dividing art and reality, Venetsianov created beautiful and somewhat idealistic representations of peasants and depicted the virtues of peasant life while using natural light and natural environment to show a realistic image of everyday life. Since Venetsianov loved nature and the outdoors, most of his paintings were created " en plein air ;" this method of work gave all his paintings a certain spontaneity,
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Unformatted text preview: freshness, and luminosity. Living and working among peasants, the artist understood their life and developed the proper perspective to paint them. His paintings were often a combination between true portraits and general types; using the works of old masters as examples, Venetsianov seemed to follow Renaissance ideas about composition and presentation of the figures (The Russian Museum, 61). Venetsianov's major contributions to the world of nineteenth century art included: recognition and acknowledgement of the importance of light in painting, blending of the figures with the landscape to create unity between humans and nature, showing the virtues rather than the vices of peasants, painting aristocratic subjects in informal and casual surroundings, and making a transition to the techniques of early Romanticism (Bird, 105-108...
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course ARH ARH2000 taught by Professor Karenroberts during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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