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Borovikovskiy, Vladimir Lukich

17571825


A portrait painter who also painted icons and miniatures. Vladimir Lukich Borovikovsky was born into the family of the secular and icon painter L.Borovikovsky (Borovik) who came from the higher ranks of the Cossacks and recieved the title. His father was the artists first teacher. In 1786-87 he painted two pictures for the palace in which Catherine II stopped over, on her trip to southern Russia. The Empress was interested in those paintings and the artist was permitted to move to Petersburg. In his early Petersburg years (since 1788) Borovikovsky enjoyed the advice of D.G.Levitsky and perfected his skills under the guidance of I.B.Lampi. His talent developed under the influence of the aesthetics of sentimentalism. The first works created by the artist in Petersburg were miniature and small-size portraits ("Lizynka and Dashinka", 1794). The ideal of the human personality intimated here was further developed in his mature works (Portrait of M.I.Lopukhina, 1797). In 1795 Borovikovsky was made a member of the Academy of Arts. At the turn of the 18th-19th centuries he became more and more influenced by classicism. It was then he painted a number of magnificent ceremonial portraits (Portrait of Prince A.B.Kurakin, 1801-1802). Throughout his life the master turned to religious art. In 1804-1811 he made several paintings for the Kazan Cathedral, then under construction in Petersburg and took part in decorating other churches. In 1802 Borovikovsky joined a masonic lodge called "The Dying Sphinx" and in 1819-1824 he was a member of the mystic sect "The Brotherhood Union" headed by E.F.Tatarinova. Borovikovsky held a private art school in Petersburg. The best-known of his pupils was A.G.Venetsianov who wrote on the occasion of his death, "The highly honored and great man Borovikovsky has ended his days and has ceased to embellish Russia with his works so bitterly envied by his rivals" He died at the age of 67 and was buried, according to his wishes, "without superfluous ceremony" at the Smolensk Church cemetery.
Catherine II during a walk in the Tsarskosyelsky Park (with the Chesmensky Column in the background)

1794
oil on canvas
94.5 x 66
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Lizinka and Dashinka

1794
oil on canvas
31.8 x 26.1 (oval)
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of the Poet G.R.Derzhavin

1795
oil on cardboard
28,7 x 23,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of Murtasa-Kouli-Khan

1796
oil on canvas
58,7 41,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of M.I.Lopukhina

1797
oil on canvas
72 x 53.5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of E.G.Temkina

1798
oil on canvas
71,5 58,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of V.A.Shidlovskaya

1798
oil on canvas
73,2 x 59,6
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of E.A.Dolgorukaya

1798
oil on canvas
74,2 x 58,4
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of M.D.Dunina

1799
Oil on canvas
70,5 x 57,8
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of E.A. Naryshkina

1799
oil on canvas
72.8 x 59.6
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of Paul I in Ermine Dalmation Mantle

1799-1800
oil on canvas
49 33,8
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of Unknown Woman in a Yellow Shawl

1800
oil on canvas
75,2 x 61,6
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of D.S.Yakovleva

1801
oil on canvas
74 60

Portrait of Princess E.G.Gagarina

1801
Oil on canvas
74,6 x 61,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of I.P.Dunin

1801
oil on canvas
75 x 61,2
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of M.A.Orlova-Denisova

1801
oil on canvas
75 x 60
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of Prince A.B.Kurakin

18011802
oil on canvas
259 x 175
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of Princess A.G. Gagarina and Princess V.G. Gagarina

1802
oil on canvas
75 x 69,2
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of A.E.Labzina and her Ward S.A.Mudrova

1803
Oil on canvas
75 x 60,7
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of P.N.Dubovitsky

1804
oil on canvas
72,5 x 59,7
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of N.I.Dubovitskaya

1809
oil on canvas
71,2 x 58,4
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of Prince Alexey Dolgoruky

1811
oil on canvas
85,7 x 66,3
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of Princess M.I.Dolgorukaya

1811
oil on canvas
85,7 66,2
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of Anne-Louise-Germaine de Stael (?)

1812
oil on canvas
88,7 x 68
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of Daria Derzhavina

1813
oil on canvas
284 204.3
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of D.P.Troshchinsky

1816 (?)
oil on cardboard
22,4 x 19,1
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of Alexander Petrovich Dubovitsky

1816-1821
Oil on canvas
80 x 64
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of D.P.Troshchinsky

1819
oil on canvas
119 x 89
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of A.F.Labzin

After 1816
oil on canvas
79 x 65
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of Khristinia, a Peasant Woman from Torzhok

By 1795
oil on cardboard
24 x 19; (oval)
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of Mikhail Desnitsky

Nearly 1803
Oil on canvas
75.5 62

Portrait of V.Monytcharova

undated
oil on canvas
79 x 64
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Allegorical image of Winter as an Old Man warming his Hands by a Fire

Undated
Oil on canvas
69 x 55
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7

Portrait of an Unknown Woman in a green circlet

undated
Oil on zinc
15 x 11 (oval)
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 7