Konstantin Makovsky The Tsar’s Painter in America and Paris
Wendy Salmond, Wilfried Zeisler and Russell E. Martin
Published by GILES in association with the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
PRICE — UK£29.95/US$45.00
ISBN — 978-1-907804-70-0
Konstantin Makovsky (1839-1915) was a Russian artist whose career encompasses late 19th century Imperial Russia, Paris and America. He is particularly known for three large-scale works which depict the customs of traditional aristocratic Boyar weddings and reflect the interest of the time in the Old Russian Style of pre-Petrine Russia.
The three paintings that are central to this fascinating book are A Boyar Wedding Feast (1883) which hangs in the Pavilion at Hillwood in Washington DC, Choosing the Bride (1887), and The Russian Bride’s Attire (1889). The book reveals that as well as pictures such as these Makovsky also painted Orientalist pictures while in Paris.
This is a beautifully illustrated book which deservedly celebrates the colourful world of this talented artist. A visual treat in every way.
The exhibition Konstantin Makovsky: The Tsar’s Painter runs at Hillwood Museum 13th February – 12th June 2016