Scene in Russia
Nikolai Egorovich Sverchkov
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.
Oil on canvas
13 x 16 1/8 in. (33 x 41cm)
Frame: 16 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (42.5 x 50.2 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: "N. de Swertchkow./Paris 63"
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Gift of Mrs. W. W. Phelps
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