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Ivan Petrovich Argunov - Ivan Petrovich Argunov Portrait of...

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Ivan Petrovich Argunov: Portrait of a Peasant Woman in a Traditional Russian Dress (1784). Oil on canvas, 67 x 53.6 cm. Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow. Ivan Petrovich Argunov (1729-1802) was born in Moscow, a serf on the estate of the Count Sheremetev. It is possible that he studied art with his cousin, Fedor Leontevich Argunov and with G. Groot. Like Antropov, Argunov was also a member of the first generation of portrait painters in Russia, and he benefited from the interest his owners had in portrait painting. As portraits became popular among the upper classes, many serf owners were anxious for their serfs to learn to paint, so that they would be able to paint good likenesses of them. As other peasant artists of the time, he painted portraits of his owner and of other peasants. In his paintings, rich in details, Argunov shows himself a master of chiaroscuro. The Portrait of a Peasant Woman in a Traditional Russian Dress depicts a common peasant in a traditional "kokoshnik" headdress
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