Scene in Russia
With the help of a shaggy horse, a country woman and child push a large block of ice through whirling snow and fog into town for sale. Nikolai Egorovich Sverchkov painted this scene in Second Empire Paris, avoiding commentary on the backbreaking reality of hauling ice and instead presenting a somewhat nostalgic view of peasants in Czarist Russia. Sentimentalized subjects by Sverchkov appealed to elite clients such as Napoleon III, who awarded him the coveted Legion of Honor in 1863.
- Artist: Nikolai Egorovich Sverchkov, Russian, 1817-1898
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Place Made: France
- Dates: 1863
- Dimensions: 13 x 16 1/8 in. (33 x 41cm) Frame: 16 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (42.5 x 50.2 cm)
- Signature: Signed and dated lower right: "N. de Swertchkow./Paris 63"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, West, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 33.216
- Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. W. W. Phelps
- Caption: Nikolai Egorovich Sverchkov (Russian, 1817-1898). Scene in Russia, 1863. Oil on canvas, 13 x 16 1/8 in. (33 x 41cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. W. W. Phelps, 33.216
- Record Completeness: Meh (27%)