Maxim Vorobiev (1787-1855)
View of the Palace Square
reference number: RG_003
watercolour & ink on paper
30 x 50 cm
signed with initials in Cyrillic and dated lower right: MV 1816
Private collection, Germany
Sale: Hugo Ruef Kunstauktionen, November 9, 2000, lot 1739
Sale: Sotheby’s London, July 11, 2001, lot 221
Having studied as an architect, Maxim Vorobiev (1787-1855) became famous as a veduta (Italian for “view”; plural vedute) painter. During his prolific career, the artist produced several views of St.Petersburg and was particularly good at capturing the cleanly proportioned buildings then fashionable in the city. This particular group of works differ from the more heavily rendered oil paintings of the artist’s late period, in which he experimented with oblique perspectives and extreme weather, instead foregrounding the clarity and proportion of his earlier style.
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