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Efim Efimovich Volkov
 Efimovich Volkov
Russia 1844−1920
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Efim Efimovich Volkov (March 23 (April 4) 1844, St. Petersburg — February 17, 1920, Petrograd) — Russian artist-Peredvizhnik, a master of lyrical landscape.

Features of the artist Yefim Volkova: colleagues and the audience appreciated Volkov for his ability to infuse poetry into discreet types of forests and streams, for the quiet contemplation of the author, which in unassuming, everyday, even boring landscapes suddenly appear the grandeur and solemnity; the artist is particularly interested in the changeability of nature — he was attracted by the nascent dawn slowly appearing in the sky sunset colors, frosts, and not a manifestation of the elements.

Famous paintings of Efim Volkov: «Landscape with pond», «Moonlit night in the forest», «Early snow», «Ukrainian landscape with a hut».

Efim Volkov learned the craft at the Drawing school Society for the encouragement of artists and the Academy of arts, but gained skills and found the handwriting in the result of hard work — he was constantly writing sketches, preferring to professors and teaching classes in nature.

The meteoric rise of the artist Efim Volkov

The drawing school he was admitted only at the age of 22, having to work in the office of the Ministry of justice, and finished it a year (instead of four). Academy wolves throw his University will become a dirt road, overgrown ponds and gloomy swamps, where he will hunt for the sunlight playing on the water, mists, observe the withered grass, old snags, and in the frozen land that had barely covered the first snow.

The swamp will be one of his favorite objects. It was with this painting, the artist Volkov glorified in 1872, the year: his landscape «Autumn marsh«sent to the London world’s fair, where it will be marked with bronze. On his return, in 1873, with the same picture of Efim Volkov will take second place in the competition of the Society for the encouragement of arts, and a winner at that time was Alexey Savrasovanother landscape painter, who went down in art history with a muted, nepomeshali landscapes. Award competitions of the society of Efim Efimovich will again and again, and in 1877, he’ll get first prize for landscape «In the forest in the spring».

Paintings of Efim Volkov exhibitions Wanderers

In 1878, the year the wolves became a constant participant of projects of the Association of traveling art exhibitions. The artworks Volkova regularly exhibited and collected positive feedback, including from fellow-Wanderers. One of them «October», deign to praise the art critic Stasov: he calls this scene one of the best paintings of Efim Volkov, compliment «embossed skinny trees, bare in the autumn» and to the painter: «So there are good prospects through the sparse woods, so there is always air and falling autumn light…»

The wolves converged with Shishkinthey even traveled together to paint in the Crimea. But the communication with Levitannot without creative differences: once the exhibition of the Itinerants Levitan noted that the paintings of the artist Volkov «paint screams»and it was not praise. Modern critics also point out that as a draftsman Efim Volkov will be stronger Volkov-painter that summer in his landscapes mastrovito and a bit garish, but the «quiet» picture of the swamp ponds Yes — quite another matter.

Drop out Academy Efim Efimovich Volkov will eventually become an academician, his paintings are in the Tretyakov gallery.

Author: Natalia Kandaurova
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Artworks by the artist
total 73 artworks
Efim Efimovich Volkov. Landscape with a pond
Landscape with a pond
1887, 64×46 cm
Efim Efimovich Volkov. Early snow
Early snow
1883, 147×86 cm
Efim Efimovich Volkov. The monastery
The monastery
Efim Efimovich Volkov. October
1883, 55×38 cm
Efim Efimovich Volkov. The swamp in the autumn
The swamp in the autumn
Efim Efimovich Volkov. Ukrainian landscape with a hut
Ukrainian landscape with a hut
Efim Efimovich Volkov. In the woods. In the spring.
In the woods. In the spring.
Efim Efimovich Volkov. Swamp
1902, 49×79 cm
Efim Efimovich Volkov. At the end of winter
At the end of winter
1890-th , 32×58 cm
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