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Taras Shevchenko

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Taras Shevchenko. Barracks

Taras Shevchenko. Barracks. Paper, sepia. [Novopetrovsk fort]. [1856 – VII 1857].

Internal view of barracks corresponding description of barracks in Novopetrovsk fort, made by N. F. Savichev:

"Barracks as a barracks – a long low building with bunks on both sides, with small but frequent windows almost at the ceiling, the floor was earthen" [newspaper "Cossack messenger", Novocherkassk, 1884, № 53 – 54].

The interior of this figure used for interior in sepia "Punishment by bit gag", and it allows us to say that the implementation of both figures were simultaneous.

Figure "Barracks" was gifted by Shevchenko after his return from exile to N. B. Sukhanova. This was recalled by her son B. G. Sukhanov-Podkolzin:

"At the very beginning of their acquaintance something touched Shevchenko gifted to my mother a drawing made with ink and depicting him in the barracks at night, during a soldier's drinking, while treated with pretzel a little kirgiz boy" ["Kyiv antiquity", 1885, Vol. II, p. 238; and later in a private letter B. G. Sukhanov-Podkolzin said that in the published memoirs he mistakenly identified the technique and that really made sepia picture (Institute of Literature National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Department of Manuscripts, № 127)].

Location of original is unknown. Photo from this figure that belonged to Shevchenko and listed by Chestahivsky at number 27, was transferres to the Tarnowski's museum (see the Product, № 510), but also don't preserved.

The only source is photo print, published by R. Pauluson in Vienna 1895 by efforts of drawing owner B. G. Sukhanov-Podkolzin. In the literature is found under the title: "Figure of barracks" [A. Ja. Konysky, Life of Ukrainian poet Taras Grigorevich Shevchenko, Odessa, 1898, p. 277], "Barracks in Orsk" [A. Novitsky, Taras Shevchenko as a painter, Lviv – Moscow, 1914, p. 38], "T. Shevchenko in the barracks of Orsk fortress" [M. G. Burachek, Great folk artist, X., 1939, Table XXXVII].

A. Novitsky, M. G. Burachek et al. erroneous dated picture 1847 year.

Reproduced by photo print of R. Pauluson, a copy of which is kept in the National Museum of Taras Shevchenko (inv. number g – 915).

G. P. Palamarchuk

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1964, Vol. 9, № 70 (image), p. 42 (note).

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