DescriptionMikhail Filipovich Ivanov (Russian, 1869-1930)
Beloved site. A folk painting
Oil on canvas
71 x 110 inches (180.3 x 279.4 cm)
Signed and inscribed in Cyrillic lower left
Collection of Dr. Porter, personal physician to Jack London;
Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California (deaccessioned, 1975);
Sotheby's, Los Angeles, California, June 15, 1975, Lot 47;
Private collection, Los Angeles, California.
St. Louis, Missouri, Louisiana Purchase Exposition (World's Fair), 1904.
Born in Sielo Podoutschi (Novgorod), Mikhail Filipovich Ivanov received his artistic training at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, where he was awarded the academy's prestigious silver medal for a work entitled A Question, which launched his independent career. Like many other notable Russian painters of his period, Ivanov evolved from a painter of highly-finished works painted in a tight neoclassical style to a realist artist treating peasant subjects in a more emotionally-charged expressionistic technique.
The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as the St. Louis World's Fair, was host to the largest collection of Russian art ever sent abroad for exhibition. Almost 600 paintings including works by Ilya Repin, Petr Vereschagin, Konstantin Makovsky and Nicholas Roerich, as well as the present work, were intended to introduce the art of Russia to an international public. After the fair the artworks were dispersed throughout the country with many of them entering American museums.
When the present painting was acquired by the Oakland Art Museum (now the Oakland Museum of California) it was incorrectly attributed to the artist N.A. Kosheleff and titled The Shepherdess.
Lined canvas; there appears to be craquelure with small flakes of loss. Framed Dimensions 79 X 118.25 X 3 Inches
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