Friday, February 07, 2014

Who painted this? #60

Who painted this? #60
In the interests of exploring the avenues of art history we don't often get to, this week we have an artwork which is a rather different format and a bit more international than usual.

Plus - what's very special about this work?

How to participate in "Who painted this? #58"

PLEASE make sure you read the rules before posting a comment - and ONLY POST ON THIS BLOG what you think is the answer.

Click this link to read THE RULES for participating in this challenge (this saves having to copy them out for each post!).

In short:
  • use your brains not software to find the answer - search using words only on a database of images 
  • leave your answer as a comment on this blog - do not leave the answer on Facebook! 
  • if correct it will not be published until the next post - which provides the answer 
  • if wrong it will be published 
  • the winner - who gets a mention and a link on/from this blog - is NOT THIS WEEK the first person to give me a completely correct answer for ALL the things I want to know. It's the person who does all this AND provides the BEST answer (see above)

Who Painted This #59 - The Answer

Portrait of Chaliapin by Boris Kustodiev
Title of the artwork: Portrait of Chaliapin.  Its first title was New City.
Name of the artist who created this artwork: Boris Kustodiev (1878 - 1927) - a Russian painter and set designer (Russian: Бори́с Миха́йлович Кусто́диев)
Date it was created: 1921
Media used: oil on canvas
Where it lives now:
The man is the great Russian opera singer Feodor Chaliapin.  He appreciated art and enjoyed drawing himself. He particularly like artists who were good draughtsmen.

The coat he is wearing was payment for one of his concerts after the Revolution when money was worthless.  Kustodiev painted it in a small room at the theatre where Chaliapin was giving concerts. It had to be painted in sections as the room wasn't big enough - and they sang together during the painting!

If you click the link to the museum above, you can see the original and very large portrait hanging in one of the rooms in the slideshow of images

Self portrait (1912) by Boris KustodievOil on canvas.
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
Kustodiev travelled widely while studying art. However a serious illness, tuberculosis of the spine, rendered him paraplegic in 1916 and confined him to Russia and a wheelchair.

Which means that all his paintings after he started to suffer paralysis was effectively done from memory and from his room - unless he could be transported to the location of his subject matter.

He had particular associations with the theatre and designed for the stage - which is how he came to paint Chaliapin.

His paintings are suffused with the most amazing colour and are well worth studying in terms of creative painting of landscapes as contexts for his subjects - and the vibrancy of his colours - they positively zing!

You can read more about him in the responses to the challenge - click the link above to last week's challenge

Who guessed correct?

Who painted this #59? - was obviously a bit of challenge for a lot of you.  However there was a clue that it was Russian in the painting - in the writing - so I hoped I'd get some answers.  It turns out that some people recognised it straight away while others found it in a more roundabout way.

Larissa Kimstach identified the painting very quickly - but sadly hadn't read the rules as she didn't supply the rest of the information. has as always provided an answer packed with detail about both Chaliapin and Kustodiev and provides a nice commentary on the detail of the painting and the palette used - and hence is this week's winner of the challenge

However I also enjoyed reading the answer from Colours and Textures.