The Bronze Horseman and Vasilii Surikov
 
 

Professor Blois comments on Falconet's Bronze Horseman:

My favorite image of the Bronze Horseman is Surikov's painting of it with St Isaac's in the background on a cold, moonlit night.  This painting was exhibited in DC (@ the Renwick, which housed the exhibition "Russian painting 1850-1910" which was on view in 1986 and had been delayed from its original 1980 show date by the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan).

 
Surikov's Bronze Horseman
Vasilii Surikov, Monument to Peter the Great on Senate Square,
oil on canvas, 1870, The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.
 
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The Bronze Horseman image appears everywhere in Russian, even here, on one of my favorite chocolate bars.



Russian Chocolate
 
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Speaking of Falconet's Bronze Horseman.  While Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716-1791) did the famous statue, his only son, Pierre-Étienne Falconet, (1741-1791), was an engraver who painted the following portrait of Catherine II.

Falconet's Catherine the Great
Pierre-Etienne Falconet, Portrait of Catherine II, 1773, Source: www.hillwoodmuseum.org/art_collection/paintings/b1.html
 
 

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