Alexander Stepanov: animal painter, genre painter, landscape painter
Alexander Stepanov - a talented Russian artist who created a sufficient number of beautiful paintings. Many of them are in Russian art galleries. Today we take a closer look at his picture “Elks”, which brings a slight sadness, but it makes us plunge into real reality.
The future artist was born in St. Petersburg in 1860. He is a famous Russian artist, animal painter, watercolor painter and landscape painter. It is worth noting that his paintings are often confused with the paintings of Alexei Stepanov, because they wrote in similar manners. The boy’s mother was the daughter of H. Knipper, a famous Russian officer and participants in the Finnish campaign. Alexander Stepanov was born in a noble noble family, where he was a desired child. From childhood, Stepanov was deaf and dumb, so he studied at a specialized school.
Study and start way
When the boy grew up, he continued his studies at the Imperial Academy of Arts. In 1891 he graduated with honors, having mastered the full course of science. Fame as an artist, he received after the painting "The Lord Jesus Christ blesses the children." Almost immediately after that, he painted another picture called The Icon of the Three Joys. To date, the location of the paintings is unknown, but art galleries do not lose hope to find these pearls of Stepanov's work.
It is known that in painting the artist preferred cold shades of colors, such as gray and brown. The picture of “Elk” by Alexander Stepanovich Stepanov clearly demonstrates this feature. The viewer sees an overcast day, a gray sky and a cold winter. In the central part of the picture is a haystack, which is almost completely covered with snow. He was surrounded by four hungry moose. We see that two individuals are adults, and the other two are still very small. The largest animal looks to the side, as if listening to sounds and rustling in order to avoid danger in time.
The hair of animals is coarse and short, rich brown. Muzzle of elk skinny, emaciated.Heavy winter tired them, they want to get enough, but there is no food anywhere, but the dangers are full. Winter is hard for these animals not so much frost as the lack of food. Elks are not long in one place, they constantly wander in search of food. In the background are seen shrubs and dark dense forest.
In the picture, the moose approached a haystack that was carefully left by the people. Despite the fact that animals have found food, the picture still leaves a feeling of sadness and sorrow. The viewer wants to help animals, save from hunger. Small moose, which have already begun to eat hay, look very touching, while adult individuals look around with caution. What did Alexander Stepanov want to show? “Moose” is a parody of hungry people, who were hard in Russia during hard times.
Pictures of the artist
Pictures of Alexander Stepanov were very popular in the country. They were often bought for fabulous money by rich citizens. They used special value from collectors of painting. Today, pictures of Stepanov can be found in various areas of Russia. They are carefully kept in museums and galleries of the country.
It is known that two paintings by the creator are in the Tretyakov Gallery. Presumably they were written in 1889 and 1890. The researchers also know that the paintings were painted in the village of Goryainkov in the Samara province. There, Uncle Stepanova, Ivan Kniper, was in the service of the landowner Goryainov. The first picture is called "Morning in the estate." On it the viewer can see the artist's aunt and cousin, whom he portrayed with an indescribable tenderness. The plot of the second picture shows Ivan Knipera, who is watching milking cows. It is called "In the barnyard." This picture was placed on the pages of the magazine "Niva".
The funds of the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg can boast of a sketch by Stepanov’s work “Chickens”. The fund also received a portrait of Natalya Kniper, Stepanov’s mother, which he played in charcoal. The cousin nephew of the artist Vsevolod Arnold opened the access to the family archive.
Summing up, I would like to say that “Elks” by Alexander Stepanov is a unique gift of a Russian watercolor painter, landscape painter, genre painter and animal painter to the entire future generation.Not all artists have the gift to accurately and truthfully depict animals and their feelings.