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Sil'vestr Feodosievich Shchedrin (1791-1830) Sil'vestr Shchedrin, the son of the sculptor Feodosii Shchedrin, was born in St. Petersburg on February 13, 1791 and died in Sorrento, Italy, on November 8, 1830. He studied at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg from 1800 to 1811. From 1818, he lived in Italy as a traveling scholar of the Academy of Arts. His early works, such as View of the Tuchkov Bridge and the Vasil'evskii Island from the Petrovskii Island in St. Petersburg , are good examples of academic classicism. When he arrived in Italy, his style changed, as he was influenced by the different light effects and nature he came to study. In his journal where he recorded observations from his travels, he condemned painters who "deal with compositions or paint from drawings." Since the middle of the
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Unformatted text preview: 1820s, for the first time in Russian painting, he started to make oil studies from nature ( en plein air ) instead of sketches to be converted into finished compositions in the studio. His more mature landscapes are characterized by rich nuances of light and atmosphere and an impressive artistic unity. In Shchedrin's later works, for instance in the Moonlit Night in Naples , it is possible to notice the growing tendency towards Romantic emotionalism and more complex light effects. Despite his early death, Shchedrin was one of the foremost Russian romantic lanscape painters, and played a decisive role in bringing Russian landscape into the mainstream of European art....
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