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 RIVERSIDE  FARMSTEAD
Formerly: VIEW OF THE ESTATE OF ZEGEVALD
After the Original Oil on Canvas, 1858.

MIKHAIL  KONSTANTINOVICH  KLODT
Baron Klodt von Jürgensburg
(Russian 1832-1902)


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A VIEW OF THE RIVER GAUJA FROM THE ESTATE OF ZEGEVALD, LATVIA.

This stunning image speaks for itself. Few artists were able to produce mages of this quality yet here is a work that stands head and shoulders above almost every contemporary work being produced in Europe at the time.  But who today has ever heard of Klodt, apart that is from art experts and wealthy Russians? By the time artworks from the mid 19th Century Russian school had made their way into the West we were all too pre-occupied with impressionism and cubism to give this "old fashioned" art the attention that it deserved.  Now that twentieth century work of any quality (and a lot that has none) has become so seriously over valued, works like the above will fill the void and take their rightful place in the main rooms of galleries and museums of the West. This particular painting is certainly the finest and most important landscape to emerge from 19th Century Russia.

Mikhail Klodt was born into the aristocratic and artistic family of the Barons von Jurgensburg. His birthplace, the town of Zegevald (now known as Sigulda) is in present day Latvia. This painting won him the First Order Gold Medal at the Imperial Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg  (along with a handsome travel bursary) and the title of Artist of the First Degree. With his bursary he set about travelling around Europe where he created a great impression and earned many commissions. On his return to Russia he found that he had created a new school of artists who rather than working in studios, set off and travelled around the country painting the true landscapes rather than imaginary set pieces that were the preferred style of the Imperial Academy and other art schools.  This new school of artists became known in Russia as "The Wanderers".  But memories are short, and when the French Impressionists made their mark Klodt's name was all but forgotten in the West. Rather like Johann Sebastian Bach, it has taken 100 years for his work to be fully recognised and appreciated once again.

Klodt became a professor at the Imperial Academy of Art and nurtured the new school of painting. However, over time, The Wanderers became "infected" with the impressionist style, which to Klodt's mind comprised "incomplete pictures", and so in 1880 after a furious argument with his superiors, he formally announced his retirement from and disconnection with the group and the academy. Having broken with the academy, Klodt found himself shunned by society. He died a near blind and financially broken man. 

The image that we offer has been cropped slightly along the lower edge and the perspective adjusted to correct some serious perspective faults that could not possibly have been Klodt's original work. The original canvas has the hut on the right tilted heavily up and to the left and the river running slightly uphill, both possibly the result of the central part of the canvas having been drawn down too far while being tightened on the stretcher. The corrected image now sits more comfortably on the wall and in the eye.

FINE ART CANVAS EDITION -  Limited Edition of 250.   
Image, approx:         19¼ x 26½ inches (488 x 677 mm).
Printed on canvas:     24 x 30 inches (610 x 762 mm).

 US.$ 295.00  -   including insured postage and packing.    

Please allow an additional 3 days for delivery of this Canvas Edition

Notes:
(1)  The original oil painting is approximately 41¾ x 60½ inches (1,061 x 1,538 mm).
(2)  This image is not presently available as a print on paper.
(3)  The water, dust and abrasion resistant canvas should be put on a stretcher or laid on backing board before framing. It will not need to be under glass.
(4)  Canvas is a natural product that can shrink slightly and unpredictably after printing.  Do not order a stretcher or frame until you have measured your delivered print.
(5)  If you wish and at no extra cost, the canvas print will be finished with a satin varnish to make it suitable for unprotected exhibition.
(6)  Canvas prints may be subject to import duty and local sales tax.

 


    

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