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Vladimir Makovsky (Russian, 1846-1920), Four Laundresses, oil on panel, signed and dated 1899

Vladimir Makovsky (Russian, 1846-1920), Four Laundresses, oil on panel, signed and dated 1899

Item Description:

Signed lower right and dated 1899, depicting four laundresses in a rural landscape, washing clothes in a river in in giltwood frame


Appears to be good. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


Board dimensions: Height 6.5 in. x Width 10 in.

About The Artist:

Vladimir Egorovich Makovsky was a Russian painter, art collector, and teacher.

Makovsky was the son of collector, Egor Ivanovich Makovsky, who was one of the founders of the Moscow Art School. Vladimir had two brothers, Nikolai Makovsky and Konstantin Makovsky, and one sister, Alexandra Makovsky, all of whom were famous painters. Vladimir studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. He finished his studies in 1869 and the following year became one of the founding members of the Association of Travelling Art Exhibitions, where his many years of prolific work brought him to a leading position.

Makovsky's work was defined by a perpetual humor as well as blatant irony and scorn. During the seventies his paintings dealt primarily with small-town folk. His pictures, The Grape-juice.
Seller (1879), Fruit-Preserving (1876) and The Congratulator (1878) depict various scenes where the mood is finely conceived and almost laughter-inducing. Other works of his, such as The.
Benefactor (1874) and The Convict (1878) are profoundly socially-conscious. In them, Makovsky either criticizes the false sympathy of the aristocracy towards the poor, or draws attention to the oppression and persecution by the czarist gendarmerie. In 1878, he became an academician.

In the eighties, during the time of Russian "democratic" painting, Makovsky produced some of his most valued works. In 1882, he was made professor at the Moscow Art School after the death of Vasili Perov. Some of Makovsky's greatest works of this period include In the Ante-room of the Court of Conciliation (1880), The Released Prisoner (1882), and The Collapse of the Bank (1881). From the end of the 1880s, Makovsky began to produce more gloomy works. Quintessential works of this period include You Shall Not Go (1892), and On the Boulevard (1888).

In 1894, Makovsky became Rector of the Preparatory school of the Academy of Art. After the First Russian Revolution, he painted January 9, 1905, on Vasilyev Island in which he depicts the armed police firing at defenseless people. In another painting The Sacrifices on the Khodyn Field in which a thousand people lost their lives during the coronation ceremony in 1896 of Nicholas II, he again stood uncompromisingly on the side of the oppressed people. After the 1917 October Revolution, Makovsky helped carry over the realist traditions to the early stages of Socialist Realism.


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