Gavril Pavlovich Kondratenko 1854 – 1924

The fifth of a series of snow themed posts, for this season of the year.

Winter Morning
Winter Morning 1901 (Click all these images to enlarge them please.)

Landscape with pagoda
Landscape With Pagoda

Gavriil Kondratenko was born in 1854.

Studied at The Saint Petersburg Imperial Academy of Fine Arts from K.Gun and M. (Mikhail Konstantinovich) Klodt.

Author of the numerous Russian landscapes of the Caucasus, the Crimea and the other Russian governments.

Took part at the exhibitions of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts. Was the member of the Society after A.Kuinji and took part at the numerous exhibitions of this group. Was also the member of the Saint Petersburg Society of Painters and the Fellowship of Russian Illustrators.

The paintings of Gavriil Kondratenko are contained in The State Tretyakov Gallery and The State Russian Museum as well as in numerous museums and private collections.

It’s difficult to find many links to Kondratenko’s work, other than dozens of replica painting workshops that sell knock-off versions of his paintings.

I found a link to the Sphinx Fine Art gallery that has a little article about him, and a picture (Landscape at Dusk) that is painted from almost the same angle as the snow scene at the top of this post, but painted in Summer. Here’s the link.


100 years of Russian Cinema

The Russian Archive Cinema Season (1908 -1925) will be showing in London on the 3rd, 10th & 24th February 2008 at the Curzon Mayfair, 38 Curzon St, London W1
Tickets: 0871 703 3989

The highlight for animation fans will be The Cameraman´s Revenge, showing at noon on the 24th Feb. Directed by Wladyslaw Starewicz, this 12 minute long animation dates from 1912.
It’s the earliest Russian animated film, and is a deliberation over the rôle of cinema.

thumbnail of Aelita, Queen of Mars

It will be followed by the first Soviet Sci-Fi film, Aelita, Queen of Mars. (click the thumbnail image above to see a bigger picture of Aelita)

Aelita, Queen of Mars will be accompanied by a special score composed and performed by S.Letov and A.Borisov. They will be joined by Lydia Kavine playing Theremin-vox, a unique musical instrument invented in Soviet Russia.

There are many other rare gems in the programme here