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Taras Shevchenko. Diogenes

Taras Shevchenko. Diogenes. Paper, sepia, bistre (23.1 × 20.3 cm). [Novopetrovsk fort]. [1856]. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. g – 822.

Bottom right – author's sign in ink: T. Shevchenko.

On the back bottom left – ink inscription by hand Shevchenko: 10. Diogenes.

Diogenes (414 – 323 B. C.) – ancient Greek philosopher and Cynic who neglected the benefits of life lived in a barrel.

Details for this picture – thistle and beetle – made by sketches number 167, 171. Climbing plants, shown in the figure, also repeated on the figures number 51, 52, 65.

Motives of dating see number 46.

V. F. Anisov ["The new fact in the biography of Shevchenko", "Journal of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR", 1953, № 1, p. 72] erroneously dates the picture 1851.

Storage areas: Tsvetkov gallery, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Institute of Taras Shevchenko, Kharkiv – Kyiv, Gallery of pictures Shevchenko, Kharkiv, Central State Museum of Taras Shevchenko Kyiv.

In 1909 – 1910 displayed at an exhibition of prints and drawings at the Academy of Arts (Product, № 195), in 1930 – on the exhibition of works of Taras Shevchenko in the library named V. G. Korolenko in Kharkiv (Catalogue, p. 8), in 1939 – on the Republican Shevchenko Jubilee exhibition, Kyiv (Product, № 116).

V. O. Sudak

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1964, Vol. 9, № 55 (image), p. 34 (note).