DescriptionYULIY YULEVICH (JULIUS) KLEVER (Russian, 1850-1924)
Homeward Bound through a Wintry Forest, 1905
Oil on canvas
42-1/2 x 29-3/4 inches (108.0 x 75.6 cm)
Signed lower right in Cyrillic
This painting is part of a much larger collection assembled by several generations of a Russian family. This prominent family of art dealers began collecting art in the late 19th century, eventually leaving Russia for New York, where they opened a notable Madison Avenue gallery.
Klever attended the Academy of St. Petersburg, and upon graduation worked in the studio of Worobjew. In the Paris Exhibition in 1878, his works were shown in the Russian Pavilion designed by Ivan Ropet. Klever was awarded a Gold Medal at the Berlin Exhibition in 1888, and received Honorable Mention at the Paris Exhibition the following year. Throughout his career he exhibited works in Russia, Germany, Austria and France and his works have been displayed at the Hermitage, the Moscow Museum and the Tretyakov Gallery.
The foreground is anchored by three sculptural trees bordering a path. A bundled figure makes his way along the path through the snow towards the glowing warmth of a cottage. The darkening skies reveal that night is approaching, as smoke drifts up from the chimney in preparation for the cold evening to come. The wintry landscape shelters a small village in the distance nestled beneath snow-laden trees. The upper half of the canvas has been devoted to the trees, which gives the composition a strong vertical orientation.
Overall good condition; very minor scattered strengthening; partially strengthened signature.
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