Formerly: VIEW OF THE ESTATE OF ZEGEVALD
After the Original Oil on Canvas, 1858.
MIKHAIL KONSTANTINOVICH KLODT
Baron Klodt von Jürgensburg
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A VIEW OF THE RIVER GAUJA FROM THE ESTATE OF ZEGEVALD,
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
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
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).
Please allow an
additional 3 days for delivery of this Canvas Edition
(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.
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.
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
(6) Canvas prints may be subject to import duty and local sales tax.