Gurzuf. 1920s - Russian impressionism museum

Gurzuf. 1920s

Konstantin Korovin

Oil on cardboard
40X30

Take a close look at the generous and colourful strokes with which Konstantin Korovin “sculpts” the houses, trees and stairs here, and the sky of spectacular beauty. In their inherent brightness and joy Crimea’s landscapes were akin to Korovin’s own nature. The artist would spend several months a year in his summer house on the shores of the Gulf of Gurzuf. Yet, in the early 1920s, facing dire poverty and the need to provide treatment for his sick son, Korovin had to leave for Paris. This particular work became his ode to the beloved palette of these lands of the South. This is how Korovin described his house in Gurzuf, which was often visited by his two famous friends, the opera singer Feodor Chaliapin and the Russian, later Soviet writer Maxim Gorky: “It was a fine house. The first things you would see in the morning across the balcony were rose bushes and the blue sea.” Gurzuf evoked in Korovin memories of his first meeting with Anton Chekhov: “From my window I could see the cliffs and the house near them where Anton Pavlovich used to live. That place became a frequent subject of my paintings, with its roses and the familiar silhouette of Chekhov’s little house against the sea, reminiscent of faraway lands, and the sea roaring against the defenceless house, where the soul of a great writer, not fully appreciated in his own time, had lived.”