Abram Efimovich Arkhipov (Russian, 1862-1930) Murom, c. 1910

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Lot 26
Abram Efimovich Arkhipov
(Russian, 1862-1930)
Murom, c. 1910

£ 200,000 - 300,000US$ 260,000 - 380,000
Abram Efimovich Arkhipov (Russian, 1862-1930)
Murom, c. 1910
signed in Cyrillic (lower left)
oil on canvas
74 x 85cm (29 1/8 x 33 7/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    K.F. Arning (according to exhibition catalogue from 1949)
    Purchased from the above by the present owner

    EXHIBITED:
    Moscow, Exhibition of works by A. E. Arkhipov, 1949

    LITERATURE:
    Exhibition catalogue for Exhibition of works by A. E. Arkhipov, Moscow, 1949, page 17
    O. A. Zhivova, Abram Efimovich Arkhipov, Sovetskii Khudozhnik, Moscow, 1959, p.117, p.80 illustrated

    Abram Efimovich Archipov was a key player in the group of artists that appeared in the 1890s to replace the older generation of 'peredvizhniki', who constituted the main creative force in Russia between the 1870s and 1880s.

    Born into a peasant family in Ryazan province, peasant life captivated the artist from early childhood and became a source of inspiration. In this way, he continued the tradition of his predecessors whilst adding a poetic element to his depiction of peasants and their everyday life. Within his canon, landscape paintings were afforded the same attention as narrative paintings, so it was only natural for Archipov's creative development to move towards landscape painting in its purest form. Very often, his landscape scenes included traditional Russian architecture, for example Landscape with a Church (1900s), By the Monastery Wall (1900s), Domes (1903), as well as the offered lot, Murom (1910), all of which depict churches as an integral part of the Russian landscape.

    Murom is executed with wide and free-flowing brush strokes, conveying the freshness of summer wind in the sprawling expanse of the river valley. The painting depicts Nikolo-Naberezhnaya Church in the ancient Russian city of Murom, built on the bank of the Oka River, which gives it its name. It is also known as 'Nikola Mokry' ('Nikola the Wet'), again due to its location. The construction of the Church began in 1700 and was completed in 1717, funded by the priest Dimitry Khristoforov, who built it in memory of his father. The temple is preserved to this day, and can still be seen from afar as a beacon standing high on the bank of the Oka.

    Galina Churak
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