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Sitter on red fabric

Taras Shevchenko. Sitter on red fabric

Taras Shevchenko. Sitter on the red fabric.
[1841, no later than 28 November. St. Petersburg]. Oil on canvas. 57 × 70,5 cm.
Taras Shevchenko National Museum, № J- 59.

On the left below the signature red paint: Shevchenko; brown paint marked below: 99 and on a paper label: ACh number and description of W.

The document of the Art Academy exam which was held November 28, 1841, stated: "By nature painting 3 – Shevchenko" [Ginzburg I.V. Shevchenko in the classroom of the Academy of Arts // Questions of art education. – L., 1975. – Vol. 13. – p. 95 – 96]. On receiving the third place in exam for etude oil paints Shevchenko mentions in his story "Artist". Sketch made of sitter T. Malyshev (his image – on the picture by M.I.Scotty) [Diary of artist A.N. Mokrytsky. – M., 1975. – Tab. 29], tentatively in October – November 1841

The article by R. Podberezky about the exhibition 1841, hosted to the annual meeting of the Arts Academy, held on September 28, mentions the work of Shevchenko "Germaphrodit" [Tygodnik Petersburgski. – 1842. – N 36. – p. 197 – 199] (see comment number 237). V.G. Shchurat identifies it with this picture [Shchurat V. On the life and works of Taras Shevchenko. – Lviv, 1914. – p. 8 – 9]. A.P. Novitsky in 1914 [Novitsky Ol. Taras Shevchenko as a painter. – Lviv, Moscow, 1914. – p. 83] denies this allegation and in the works register (p. 76, № 569) placed this sketch called "Sitter naked sitting on a red cloth".

Reproduced with the first name "Naked sitter" [Images Shevchenko / by artistic care prof. V.V. Mate. – SPb., 1911. – Vol. 1. – Tab. 4].

Preserved pencil sketch of the prototype bearing at other angles (see additional images). After the decision of the Arts Academy of 9 March 1910, as stated in the inventory book of academic museum, sketch was acquired by Academy [Ginzburg I.V. Shevchenko and Briullov's school // Proceedings of ninth Shevchenko scientific conference. – K., 1961. – p. 171].

Storage sites: the Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts; from 1948 – State Museum of T.H. Shevchenko (Kyiv).


1911. St. Petersburg. Shevchenko exhibition at the Art Academy [Speech. – 1911. – 23 February; The Council. – 1911. – March 3];

1961. Kyiv. Exhibition of works from the funds of the State Museum T.H. Shevchenko (Kyiv) (no catalog);

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. 6];

1976. Kyiv. 100 anniversary of the death of I.M. Soshenko (no directory).

I.M. Verykivska

After publication: T.H. Shevchenko Complete Works in 12 volumes. – K.: Naukova Dumka, 2003, v. 7, p. 84 – 85 (image), p. 384 – 385 (notes).

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