About
929PA

Konstantin Kryzhitsky

Ukrainian Landscape

1884–1908

Konstantin Yakovlevich Kryzhitsky (May 17, 1858, Kiev - April 4, 1911, Saint Petersburg) was a Russian Imperial landscape painter and drawing teacher. In 1880, he became one of the first members of the Society of Russian Watercolorists. In 1889, his painting “Forest Vista” was purchased by Tsar Alexander III and he was named an “Academician”. He visited France and Germany in the 1890s and exhibited at the Exposition Universelle (1900). That same year, he became a full member of the Academy. Later, he served as Chairman of an art society created by a bequest from his friend Arkhip Kuindzhi. He often returned to the area around Kiev to paint landscapes in oils and watercolors.

In 1910, he was accused of plagiarism by the tabloid press because one of his paintings was similar to a work by Yakov Brovar (1864–1941). Apparently, the resemblance derived from a photograph taken in the Białowieża Forest, that was later used as a model by both artists, and involved a single, distinctive tree. When this was pointed out, his critics declared that using a photograph for a painting was a form of “cheating”. Due to the negative publicity and its effect on his reputation, he committed suicide. His maid found him in his office, where he had hung himself and left a suicide note

Ukrainian Landscape
Haymaking, 1895
Ukrainian Landscape
Gathering branches in winter, 1903
Ukrainian Landscape
Early morning in the fields, 1897
Ukrainian Landscape
Tver province, 1898
Ukrainian Landscape
Scenery, 1895
Ukrainian Landscape
Forenoon, 1885
Ukrainian Landscape
The Bog, 1885
Ukrainian Landscape
Forest Vista, 1886
Ukrainian Landscape
Khutir (or hamlet) in Little Russia, 1884
Ukrainian Landscape
The road, 1908
49°00'00.0"N 32°00'00.0"E

Location: Ukraine
Movement: Watercolorists

Text: Wikipedia


Posted: September 2020
Category: Painting

Source