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 Mikhail Konstantinovich Klodt  (1832/33 - 1902)

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Lived/Active: Russian Federation      Known for: rural landscape painting, peasant and countryside scenes

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Mikhail Klodt was born in Saint Petersburg in 1832(1833).  He was a descendant of an art dynasty. His father was an engraver; his uncle was a sculptor; and his cousin was also a painter. Klodt studied at the Institute of Mining Engineers where drawing was taught, and later at The Saint Petersburg Imperial Academy of Fine Arts (1851-1858).

After receiving the big gold medal, Klodt left on a pensioner’s trip across Germany, Switzerland and France (1858-1861). Upon his return, he lived and worked in Saint Petersburg, and traveled to Russian provinces. Klodt was a professor and a member of the Academy of Arts Council.

He was a founding member of The Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions (the Itinerants group) in 1870 but left it in 1880. However, he continued to display his landscapes at exhibitions put on by the Association.

Mikhail Klodt died in Saint Petersburg in 1902.

Mikhail Klodt, like the other painters of the Itinerant movement, preferred rural landscapes. His are narrative, and they speak to us of the countryside, the people who live there, and the eternal work of the land. The silhouettes of peasant women (On Tillage, 1872) are inserted so harmoniously into the painting that any motif, no matter how ordinary, can be taken to be a symbol of life, which continually renews itself.

According to Klodt and his colleagues, the people and the land are the secular foundation, the roots and the essence of the Russian universe. The famous critic Stassov wrote that the painter "...was attempting simply to seize Russian nature in all its simplicity and discretion, without any pretension or pomposity...".

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"Mikhail Klodt", Russian Paintings Gallery, www.russianpaintings.net/doc.vphp?id=522

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