Arkhip Kuindzhi is a Ukrainian painter I initially showcased on Strains and Shades in 2012.
Kuindzhi was born in Mariupol in the 1840’s (the specific day is not recognized), at a time when that section of Ukraine was subjugated by the Russian Empire. He was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
He was mainly self-taught but also analyzed with Adolf Fessler, a pupil of the influential Ukrainian painter Ivan Aivazovsky, and also at St. Petersburg Academy of Arts for a time.
Kuindzhi joined the Peredvizhniki a cooperative team of painters from the Russian Empire, who defied the restrictions of the Academy and banded jointly to present independent exhibitions in several cities. Peredvizhniki is about translated in english as The Itinerants or The Wanderers.
Kuindzhi was pointed out for his landscape paintings, which showcased daringly various compositions and remarkable lighting.
There is an fascinating article on the artist and his wife on Arthive: Really like Tale in Paintings. Arkhip and Vera Kuindzhi.
Darkness plays an critical purpose in numerous of his compositions, which generally appear to be either closed in or entirely spare and open up. Unfortunately, I have observed quite a few of the reproductions of his operate on the website seem to have the trouble of currently being also dark, so — as constantly with reproductions of artwork illustrations or photos on the world-wide-web — really don’t presume that the pictures you are looking at are constantly correct.
Satisfied Museum (zoomable)
Google Artwork Challenge (zoomable)
Christie’s earlier tons
Bio on Wikipedia
Bio on Horizons
My earlier article on Arkhip Kuindzhi