Constantin Korovin

Yesterday I have visited an exhibition of a leading Russian impressionist painter, Constantin Korovin, which now takes place at Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. I must say I was very impressed. The only part that was not so interesting to me was the one showing his theatrical activities. Nevertheless, this part impressed me by its legerity and accuracy. Without a doubt, this man was a very hard-working person. And there’s no need to comment about his talent, or I should even say genius.

The rest of the exhibitions left me with a lasting impression, despite the fact that I have previously seen his art works in Tretyakov Gallery, and some of the reproductions in printed version and also through Internet. However, reproductions are one thing, and real art pieces – is a completely different! This exhibition presents over 200 art pieces, which come from 20 different museums. Some of them are from private collections. The last time there was such an exhibition of Korovin was 90 years ago. I wonder when would be another opportunity to see all these pieces gathered in one place again. This exhibition is opened until August 2012. If you are interested in painting and are planning a trip to Russia, I would strongly recommend that you visit this extremely beautiful exhibition.

Inspired by my impressions after the visit, I decided to compose a set of reproductions of his paintings, which touched me particularly. I still remember how they look in real life, so that helps me a lot to select the reproductions which are the best in terms of color and contrast. Of course, I can’t be sure that they are 100% as real pieces, however, the following reproductions are very similar to the originals.

On a terrace – 1915

Spring – 1917

Pier in Gurzuf – 1914

Paris at night – end of 1910ies

Paris – Boulevard des Capucines – 1902

Hammerfest. The northern lights – 1890ies.

Ships in Marseilles port – 1890

Autumn – 1917

A winter evening

A balcony in Crimea – 1910

White Night in Northern Norway – 1890ies
(This painting was not at the exhibition, it comes from the website, which presents very similar reproductions.)

In the South of France – 1908

Lady with guitar – 1916

Self portrait – 1938
(One year before death)

P.S. The names might be not 100% correct, as it is forbidden to take pictures at the exhibition, and on Internet it is hard to find the exact names. Please correct me if you find mistakes.

Original post in Russian-version blog:
My thanks to Anna Sidorova for translating this post in English.


5 thoughts on “Constantin Korovin

  1. Oh my. Have viewed these for 4 days now.
    Never heard of this painter. Shall never forget this painter having seen these. Stunning work.
    Whenever I have felt the need to study the use and awareness of light, I study these painters.
    Thanks times two. David in Tenn

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