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Taras Shevchenko

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Askold's grave

Taras Shevchenko. Askold's grave

Taras Shevchenko. Askold's grave. Sepia, Watercolour (26 × 37 cm). [Kyiv]. [IV – IX 1846]. Museum of Taras Shevchenko in Kyiv, inv. number 423.

Right at the bottom – a pencil inscription: Drawed // Mikhail Sazhin.

For composition of work, lighting and especially for taking pictures of trees, unusual for Sazhin's handwriting, as well as images of individual parts – human figure, fence, thistles, which are found in many works of Shevchenko, picture can be defined only as one of Kyiv's landscapes, which Shevchenko drawed in the summer of 1846. It is impossible to determine exactly what parts of this figure performed Sazhin.

Storage areas: P.I. Shchukin collection, Historical Museum (Moscow), National Historical Museum Kyiv, Sophia reserve.

M. M. Novitsky

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1961, Vol. 7, part 1, № 145 (image), p. 56 (note).