Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

Market in Fontainebleau, 1864. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

Market in Fontainebleau, 1864. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky (31 December 1837 – 1 June 1892) was a painter of battle scenes and genre painter. Pyotr Nikolaevich Gruzinsky was born in Kursk, in the family of a poor landlord. Since childhood he had a passion for painting. Initially self-taught he studied drawing at the parents’ house. In 1851 he entered the Academy of Fine Arts, where his principal mentor was Professor BP Villevalde. In 1860 he was awarded a small gold medal for the painting “Gypsy camp”, and in 1862 a large gold medal for the painting “The Capture of Gunib”, after which he was sent abroad to study at the Academy.

Back Home. 1881. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

Back Home. 1881. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

In Paris, he painted “Picket of Zouaves on maneuvers in France,” which was acquired by the Academy, and “The Market at Fontainebleau,” drew the attention of the public at the academic exhibition in 1872. After returning to St. Petersburg, Pyotr Gruzinsky received the title of academician for the painting “Leaving villages mountaineers approaching Russian troops” (1872).

Finnish wagon. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

Finnish wagon. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

Successful comprehension of artistic skills in the young artist went in parallel with carrying out fairly complex, multi-image works. While on a business trip, Pyotr Gruzinsky besides paintings devoted to military service (“Picket Zouaves on maneuvers in France”), paints a composition (“Market in Fontainebleau”). Topics of national life (“Scene of rural life”, “Mowing”, “In Little Russia,” “Night,” “Mardi Gras”, “Three”, “Meeting just married after returning from church”) are also close to the national painter of battle-pieces.

Harvest. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

Harvest. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

In a snowstorm. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

In a snowstorm. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

Leaving the village mountaineers at approaching Russian troops. 1872. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

Leaving the village mountaineers at approaching Russian troops. 1872. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

Market in Fontainebleau, 1864. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

Market in Fontainebleau, 1864. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

Maslenitsa 1889. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

Maslenitsa 1889. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

Maslenitsa 1889. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

Maslenitsa 1889. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

On patrol. 1887. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

On patrol. 1887. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

Peasant woman. 1881. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

Peasant woman. 1881. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

Postman, 1861. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

Postman, 1861. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

Reaping. 1880. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

Reaping. 1880. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

Russian troika. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

Russian troika. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

Troika 1878. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

Troika 1878. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

Troika 1888. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

Troika 1888. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

Troika in summer.  1882. Painting by Pyotr Gruzinsky

Troika in summer. 1882. Painting by Russian artist Pyotr Gruzinsky

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