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Monumental in scale and rich in detail, Konstantin Makovsky's stunning paintings epitomize the charm of Old Russia.
His early career blossomed in late 19th-century St. Petersburg, where he became painter to the Tsar's court.
His popularity soon spread far beyond Russia. He lived and worked in Paris and then America, where he and his paintings acquired celebrity status. This beautifully illustrated book, the first full survey of Makovsky's career in English, positions his work at the crossroads between late Imperial St.
Petersburg, Belle-Epoque Paris and Gilded Age America.
Three great canvases celebrating Russia's traditional aristocratic wedding customs unify this survey: A Boyar Wedding Feast (1883), Choosing the Bride (1887), and The Russian Bride's Attire (1889).
All are explored through outstanding photography, including close-up details. Four essays trace the career of this Russian artist eager for international fame.
Wendy Salmond begins by establishing the Russian milieu.
Russell E. Martin highlights the historical sources, artefacts and costumes which Makovsky used to create his scenes of 17th-century life.
Wilfried Zeisler reveals the artist's little-known Paris period, and also explores his paintings inspired by visits to the Middle East and North Africa.
Finally Wendy Salmond investigates America's enthusiastic reception of Makovsky's paintings. AUTHOR: Wendy Salmond is professor of art and art history, Chapman University, Orange, CA Wilfried Zeisler is the associate curator of 19th-century art, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, DC Russell E.
Martin is professor of history, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA 130 colour illustrations
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