Ivan Ivanovich Firsov

Ivan Ivanovich Firsov - Ivan Ivanovich Firsov: A Young...

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Ivan Ivanovich Firsov: A Young Painter (after 1765) Oil on canvas, 67 x 55 cm. Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow. Ivan Firsov was a relatively unknown Russian painter of the eighteenth century; his works were even attributed to the famous classicist Losenko. He was born in 1733 and died after 1785. Little is known about his life and his art. In the 1760s, Catherine the Great sent Firsov to study in Paris at the Academy of Painting and Sculpture. Not surprisingly, Firsov's paintings seem to be inspired by the works of French painters more than by Russian. Historical sources mention that during his stay in Paris, Firsov lived at a hairdresser's home and perhaps made it a setting for his most famous painting, A Young Painter . A Young Painter was purchased in 1890 by Pavel Tretyakov from a Moscow collector. "Among the few known genre pieces by eighteenth-century Russian painters, A Young Painter stands out both because of the vivid naturalness of the scene depicted, and because of the finesse and freshness of its brushwork" (Sokolova, 56). The image of the young
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