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Scene in Russia

Nikolai Egorovich Sverchkov

European Art

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.
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 not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. W. W. Phelps
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