Constantin Konstantin Yakovlevich Kryzhitsky
(1858 - 1911)
Constantin (Konstantin) Yakovlevich Kryzhitsky was active/lived in Russian Federation. Constantin Konstantin Kryzhitsky is known for landscape paintings.
Constantin (Konstantin) Yakovlevich Kryzhitsky
Biography from Christie's London, King Street
Born in Kiev in 1858, Konstantin Kryzhitsky perfected his nascent talent at the Academy of Fine Arts in St Petersburg from 1877 to 1884. Studying landscape painting under Mikhail Klodt, a founding member of the Peredvizhniki [Itinerants], Kryzhitsky achieved the rank of Artist of the First Class. He was subsequently made an Academician in 1889.
Biography from Dorotheum, Vienna
From 1879 onwards, Kryzhitsky frequently exhibited at the Academy, but also abroad, most notably at the International Exhibition in Munich in 1909 where he was awarded a gold medal for his composition Frosty Morning [Moroznoe utro]. A leading member of a number of societies, including the Society of Russian Watercolourists [Obshchestvo russkikh akvarelistov] and the Kuindzhi Society [Obshchestva Kuindzhi], of which he was also President (1909-1911), Kryzhitsky was later commemorated by two significant solo exhibitions comprising around 600 works; the first in St Petersburg in 1911 and the second in Moscow in 1913.
Kryzhitsky was famed for his large-scale compositions, skillfully drawing together the varied land, dramatic skies and expansive vistas of his native land. Depicting the provinces of Russia, Ukraine and the Baltic States, Kryzhitsky's work is evocative as well as well-observed; in Early Morning in the fields Kryzhitsky captures the beauty of an unbesmirched rural Russia, far removed from over-crowded cities scarred by industry. Kryzhitsky uses farm work - or here the scythe-wielding labourers themselves - to humanize the watery terrain, intimating the profound connection between Man and Nature and, moreover, the harmonious, even spiritual relationship between the two.
Held in high regard by the Russian royal family, Kryzhitsky was a member of the society of Russian watercolorists for almost twenty years, taking part regularly in their exhibitions.
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