The Park of Tolstoy’s Estate in Khamovniki. 1915 - Russian impressionism museum

The Park of Tolstoy’s Estate in Khamovniki. 1915

Pyotr Petrovichev

Oil on cardboard

For Pyotr Petrovichev, who had come to Moscow from the provinces, his first years of study there were a very difficult time. He fell behind in all his subjects, and was on the verge of failing completely, while exhibitions of his paintings were never a success - he lived in great hardship and distress. That all changed when the landscape classes started. His teacher, Isaac Levitan, could see Petrovichev’s talent, and soon this failing student had become a favourite. Levitan praised his ability in his plein air painting to choose just the right motif for a sketch, and extolled him as an example for the rest of the students, "Look, just look at Petrovichev! I came, I saw, and I was amazed." Petrovichev took the subject for "The Park of Tolstoy’s Estate in Khamovniki" from his teacher, and the similarity with Levitan’s famous "Apple Trees in Blossom" is obvious - Petrovichev would later offer this subject to his own students.

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