Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky: Latgalian Girls (updated)

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Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky, (1868-1945),  LATGALIAN GIRLS,  signed in Latin l.l., oil on canvas, 67.7 by 78cm, 26 1/2 by 30 3/4 in., Source: Sotheby’s ,  Link: http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2011/russian-paintings/lot.217.html?locale=en

Latgalian Girls Listening

Latgalian Girls belongs to a series of paintings depicting the children of the territory of eastern Latvia which provided great inspiration for the artist following his permanent move to Riga in 1921. These sun-suffused canvases which captured the local peasant children in their native countryside were exhibited to great acclaim at the Riga Art museum in 1925.

Here, the two young sitters are turned away from the viewer, as if listening intently to Bogdanov-Belsky, who would entertain his models as he worked with captivating tales of the artists whom he admired.

Source: Sotheby’s

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Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky, (1868-1945),  LATGALIAN GIRLS,  signed in Latin l.l., oil on canvas, 67.7 by 78cm, 26 1/2 by 30 3/4 in., Source: Sotheby’s ,

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  1. Very atmospheric picture! Bogdanov-Belsky belonged to the group of Peredvizhniki, who have always fascinated me and, unfortunately, are not as well known as they should be.

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    1. I did not know of this group, though some of my favorites are included in the list (https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Peredvizhniki). Much to explore – thank you, Zettl. 🙂

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      1. You are welcome! Decades ago I had the chance to see an exhibition with this group. It changed my world – at least in regards to painting 😂

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  2. This is the first I’ve heard of the Latgalians and their language:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latgalian_language

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    1. Thanks, Steve – that map helped me get oriented.

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  3. Amazing the reach of the Impressionist Movement! Our world today could do with some of the light they brought to their paintings.

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    1. Isn’t that the truth! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rosaliene. 😎

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  4. The light the artist achieves is beautiful. I like the way you have sectioned off the work for us to see the layering of paint.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Vivienne. 🙂

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