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Blind woman with daughter

Taras Shevchenko. Blind woman with…

Taras Shevchenko. Blind woman with daughter. After the motive of the "Blind woman" poem.
[1842, no later than September. St. Petersburg]. Paper, pencil, sepia. 21,4 × 17,8 cm.
Taras Shevchenko National Museum, № g – 905.

Bottom right image: RM beside the inscription: 8589.

On the back – "Oak branches". Sketch of the painting "Catherine".

Figure corresponds to 41 – 50 lines of the Blind woman" poem.

It is also possible that a preliminary drawing to watercolor "Group of sleeping beggar women" (see comment number 251). There is another sketch close to this with content, composition and detail entourage sketch number 132. Sketches related to other episodes of the "Blind woman" poem – in additional images.

Dated by the time of writing the "Blind woman" poem – the first half of 1842, as well as watercolors of "Group of sleeping beggar women", exposed in September 1842 at an exhibition in the Art Academy.

Some researchers have questioned the Shevchenko's authorship of this drawing [D. Antonovich Shevchenko as a painter // Full publication of Taras Shevchenko. – Warsaw, Lvov, 1937. – T. 12. – p. 99 – 101; P. Beletsky Place Shevchenko the artist in the history of art // Proceedings of thirteenth Shevchenko scientific conference. – K., 1965. – p. 188].

First mentioned in 1934 [Product brush creativity T.H. Shevchenko, exhibited in the gallery. – X., 1934. – p. 24]

Reproduced for the first time in 1934 [T. Shevchenko Complete Works. – K., 1934. – T. 1. – Between the p. 212 – 213]

Storage areas: property of L.M. Zhemchuzhnykov; I.M. Tereshchenko; from E.M. Tereshchenko 1917 was received by the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg) (recorded 1928); 1932 transferred to USSR Commissariat (kept in the Historical Museum in Kharkov), then – Gallery of pictures by T.H. Shevchenko (Kharkiv), from 1940 – Central Museum of T.H. Shevchenko (Kyiv) from 1948 – State Museum of T.H. Shevchenko (Kyiv).

Exhibition: 1964. Kyiv – Moscow. Shevchenko Jubilee Exhibition [Jubilee art exhibition on the 150-year anniversary of the birth of T.H. Shevchenko: Product. – Kiev, 1964. – p. 7].

O.G. Vartanova, I.M. Verykivska

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – K.: ed. of Acad. Sci. of UkrSSR, 1961, t. 7, bk. 1, № 39 (image); T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. – K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 385 – 386 (notes).

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