Thursday, July 10, 2014

K is for Konstantin Korovin

Who? What? Art!

I was perusing the CGFA art website and stumbled upon Konstantin Korovin. His art caught my eye for the brilliant color and brought to mind: Impressionists. Which is, as it turns out, something he thought too!

In 1885, Korovin traveled to Paris and Spain. "Paris was a shock for me … Impressionists… in them I found everything I was scolded for back home in Moscow", he later wrote.

The color that drew my eye was red. It always does. This is his work, Northern Idyll, 1886:


Discounting his name, can you tell by looking at the artwork, where he might be from? Judging by the clothing, I thought - Russian? What I did not know, until I was searching for more information on the photo above, that there are two with this name. The one below was done in 1892. Which one do you like?


Reading about an artist's life and what they did, where they went, what they saw, and how it changed their life is really fascinating to me. More about Korovin:

From 1885 to 1891 and from 1896 to 1898, Korovin was a set designer of S. I. Mamontov’s Private Russian Opera in Moscow. Between 1903 and 1910 he designed sets for the Bolshoi Theater. In 1910 he became the principal set designer and artistic consultant of the Moscow Imperial Theaters. Korovin also taught at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture from 1901 to 1918 and at the State Free Art Studios from 1918 to 1919.

He was all over the art world in Russia, in a pretty tumultuous time period in Russia too. It is hard to believe that any art and beauty happend during the time of the Revolution in 1917 and beyond.

Your young artist wants to know what to do with his talent? Here is one of his costume designs:

I'd love to be able to draw like that. Costume design for movies must be a fascinating career!

As I noted already, I love red. Clearly this artist did too. If you look at his artwork in larger format, you will see just how much he uses it. One of his later works, Bastille, done in 1928, is just gorgeous. Do click on it!


Not only do I think of a lush evening in Paris (for I have been to Paris in the evening and it is just this beautiful), but I also think of the Madeline books! 

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. In two straight lines they broke their bread and brushed their teeth and went to bed. They smiled at the good and frowned at the bad and sometimes they were very sad. They left the house at half past nine in two straight lines in rain or shine — the smallest one was Madeline.

(Homeschool tie in for fine art and children's literature!) I really think this painting is spectacular.  

More Paris, and more red:

The light! Do you see how beautiful the light is in this one? Paris, Saint Denis Arc, done around 1930, is just beautiful. Ever wonder why the call Paris the City of Light? Korovin certainly saw it. 

What do you think about Konstantin Korovin's art?

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Leah Courtney said...

These are beautiful! I've never heard of the artist. And I agree, the Paris pictures make me think of Madeline!

Tess said...

His name seems familiar but it could just be that is it is Russian. I think my favorite one is the last one of Paris. I really should have done more art appreciation with the girls.

Under the Sky ... said...

Tess, the two in Paris are so lovely to me! I can just picture what it might have been like to walk those streets in the early 1900s. :)

Art appreciation is for life, sister! You can do it any time! :D


Meg Falciani said...

They are amazing! And now I want to go to Paris.

Under the Sky ... said...

Me too! :D