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Portrait painter, Genre Painter, Landscape painter, b. 1776 - d. 1857

Vasily Andreevich Tropinin (March 30 [O.S. March 19] 1776 – May 16 [O.S. May 4] 1857) was a Russian Romantic painter. Much of his life was spent as a serf; he didn't attain his freedom until he was more than forty years old. Three of his more important works are a portrait of Alexander Pushkin and paintings called The Lace Maker and The Gold-Embroideress.

Vasily was born as a serf of Count Munnich in the village Korpovo of Novgorod guberniya and then transferred to Count Morkovs as a part of the Munich's daughter's dowry. Soon he was sent to Saint Petersburg to study the trade of a confectioner. Instead of learning his trade Tropinin secretly attended free drawing lessons in the Imperial Academy of Arts.

In 1799, his owner allowed Tropinin's to study at the Academy as a non-degree student (Postoronny uchenik). He took lessons from S. S. Schukin and was supported by the President of the Academy Alexander Sergeyevich Stroganov. In 1804 Tropinin's work Boy Grieving for a Dead Bird was exhibited in the Academy's exhibition and was noted by the Russian Empress at the time (most probably the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna).

At the dawn of his success, Count Morkov recalled Tropinin from St. Petersburg to his Ukrainian estate Kukavka. Tropinin was appointed a confectioner and a lackey. Soon the owner changed his mind and assigned Tropinin to copy the works of European and Russian painters and produce portraits of the Morkovs. Tropinin also painted the local church. Tropinin spent around twenty years of his life in Ukraine, and many of his works from that time were of Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian country side.[1]

Still Tropinin continued to work and study. As a well-established portraitist, he wrote:

I studied little...at the Academy, but I learned...in Malorossia. There I painted from nature without rest, painted everything and everyone and these works, it seems, are the best of all of those created by me thus far.[2]

The most notable works of that period are Portrait of A. I. Tropinina, the Artist's Wife (1809), Portrait of Arseny Tropinin, son of the artist (c. 1818), Portrait of the Writer and Historian N. M. Karamzin (1818)

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    • VASILY ANDREEVICH TROPININ (1776-18
      Jun. 12, 2023

      VASILY ANDREEVICH TROPININ (1776-18

      Est: -

      Vasily Andreevich Tropinin (1776-1857), from or after. Portrait of Tsar Nicholas I in full regalia, oil on canvas, unsigned, restored and retouched, doublet at edges, 96 x 76 cm, framed 128 x 107 cm

      Historia Auctionata
    • VASILY TROPININ (1776-1857), PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST SON - ARSENY TROPININ
      Mar. 19, 2023

      VASILY TROPININ (1776-1857), PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST SON - ARSENY TROPININ

      Est: $2,000 - $3,000

      Mixed media on paper Inscribed illegibly (on the reverse). Condition: For a detailed condition report, please contact us at [email protected]

      Hammersite
    • VASSILY ANDREEVICH TROPININ (1776-1857), SELF PORTRAIT
      Dec. 15, 2022

      VASSILY ANDREEVICH TROPININ (1776-1857), SELF PORTRAIT

      Est: €2,000 - €3,000

      VASSILY ANDREEVICH TROPININ (1776-1857), SELF PORTRAIT Oil on canvas. Back with label from exhibition "A Survey of Russian Painting", 14 Jun to 17 Set 1967, Gallery of Modern Art, Columbus Circle, New York 10019. Recanvased. Dim.: 57.5x44 cm.

      Renascimento
    • Attributed to Vasily Tropinin (Russian, 1776-1857), Portrait of an Old Woman
      Dec. 15, 2022

      Attributed to Vasily Tropinin (Russian, 1776-1857), Portrait of an Old Woman

      Est: $3,000 - $4,000

      Attributed to Vasily Tropinin (Russian, 1776-1857) Portrait of an Old Woman Oil on canvas; framed. H: 24 1/4, W: 18 1/2 in. H: 61.6, W: 46.99 cm. (sight) Click here for high resolution images.

      Oakridge Auction Gallery
    • ANTIQUE RUSSIAN PAINTING ATTR TO VASILY TROPININ
      Jun. 25, 2022

      ANTIQUE RUSSIAN PAINTING ATTR TO VASILY TROPININ

      Est: $100 - $150

      A Biedermeier style oil on canvas portrait of a young man attributed to Vasily Tropinin, Russian, 1776 to 1857. Signed in the Cyrillic right and dated 1839. Housed in a gilt wooden frame. Vasily Andreevich Tropinin was a remarkable figure of Russian Romanticism, portraitist, genre painter, landscapist, and draughtsman. Serf of Count Minich and then Count Morkov. External student at the Imperial Academy of Arts, from 1804. Worked as a serf painter in Ukraine and Moscow. Freed from serfdom and nominated to the Imperial Academy of Arts, 1823. Academician, 1824. Mostly worked in Moscow, influencing the Moscow school of painting. Painted portraits of such contemporaries as Alexander Pushkin and single-figure genre compositions. Contributed to many exhibitions in Moscow and St Petersburg.

      Antique Arena Inc
    • VASSILY ANDREEVICH TROPININ (1776-1857), SELF PORTRAIT
      Apr. 20, 2022

      VASSILY ANDREEVICH TROPININ (1776-1857), SELF PORTRAIT

      Est: €3,000 - €5,000

      VASSILY ANDREEVICH TROPININ (1776-1857), SELF PORTRAIT Oil on canvas. Back with label from exhibition "A Survey of Russian Painting", 14 Jun to 17 Set 1967, Gallery of Modern Art, Columbus Circle, New York 10019. Recanvased. Dim.: 57.5x44 cm.

      Renascimento
    • VASSILY ANDREEVICH TROPININ (1776-1857), SELF PORTRAIT
      May. 24, 2021

      VASSILY ANDREEVICH TROPININ (1776-1857), SELF PORTRAIT

      Est: €4,000 - €6,000

      VASSILY ANDREEVICH TROPININ (1776-1857), SELF PORTRAIT Oil on canvas. Exhibition label in the back: "A Survey of Russian Painting", 14 Jun to 17 Set 1967, Gallery of Modern Art, Columbus Circle, New York 10019. Recanvased. Dim.: 57.5x44 cm.

      Renascimento
    • VASSILY ANDREEVICH TROPININ (1776-1857), AUTO-RETRATO
      Dec. 15, 2020

      VASSILY ANDREEVICH TROPININ (1776-1857), AUTO-RETRATO

      Est: €5,000 - €8,000

      VASSILY ANDREEVICH TROPININ (1776-1857), AUTO-RETRATO óleo sobre tela. No verso ostenta etiqueta de exposição "A Survey of Russian Painting", 14 Jun a 17 Set 1967, Gallery of Modern Art, Columbus Circle, New York 10019. Reentelado. Dim.: 57,5x44 cm.

      Renascimento
    • Pastel, Vasily Andreevich Tropinin
      Jul. 12, 2020

      Pastel, Vasily Andreevich Tropinin

      Est: $3,000 - $5,000

      Vasily Andreevich Tropinin (Russian, 1776-1857), Portrait of a Lady, pastel on paper, signed lower right, sight: 21.75"h x 17.25"w, overall (with frame): 26.25"h x 22.25"w

      Clars Auctions
    • Attributed to Vasily Tropinin O/C, Signed & Dated
      May. 12, 2019

      Attributed to Vasily Tropinin O/C, Signed & Dated

      Est: $300 - $400

      Attributed to Vasily Tropinin, Russian (1776-1857) O/C, Signed & Dated 1839. Sight- L-7" x W-5.75", Frame-L-7.75" x W-6.5".

      World Auction Gallery
    • Vasily Tropinin (Russian 1776 – 1857).
      May. 29, 2017

      Vasily Tropinin (Russian 1776 – 1857).

      Est: $200 - $300

      Vasily Tropinin (1776 – 1857). Boy’s head. 1814. Italian pencil on paper. 22 x 18.5 cm. Inscribed verso: “Vasily Tropinin 1814 from the collection of V. Egerev (N. E. Makarenko)”. Тропинин Василий Андреевич (1776 – 1857). Голова пути. 1814. Бумага, итальянский карандаш. 22 х 18,5. На обороте карандашом: «Василий Тропинин 1814 из собр-я В. Егерева (Н.Е. Макаренко)»

      JADA Auctions, Inc.
    • *TROPININ, VASILY (1776-1857)
      Nov. 30, 2016

      *TROPININ, VASILY (1776-1857)

      Est: £150,000 - £300,000

      *TROPININ, VASILY (1776-1857) Portrait of a Gentleman in a Plaid Waistcoat, signed, inscribed in Cyrillic "Moskva" and dated 1847. Oil on canvas, 76.5 by 61 cm. Provenance: Private collection, New York. With Hammer Galleries, New York, from c. 1956 (label on the backing board). Donated to the Library of Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey, c. 1959. Acquired from the above by the previous owner in 2005. Thence by descent. Private collection, USA. Vasily Tropinin is rightfully considered to be the “patriarch” of the Moscow school of painting. He produced more than 3,000 portraits in the course of a long creative life and his models came from a variety of social classes in the old Russian capital, including representatives of the aristocracy and long-established gentry (the Samarin, Obolensky, Panin, Zubov, Voeikov, Mosolov and Ladyzhensky families). Members of Moscow’s “millionairemerchant” families, such as the Kiselevs and Sapozhnikovs, were also among his sitters, and the subject of the portrait, which is now offered for sale, most probably came from the milieu of the capital’s merchants and honoured citizens, as evidenced by his clothes and hairstyle. The Portrait of a Gentleman in a Plaid Waistcoat dates from the artist’s mature period, when he discovered his own distinctive style of painting. The space in this chamber-style, half-height portrait and the positioning of the figure obey a definite scheme. The image created by the portraitist draws the eye by the sharpness of character and observation. The face of the unknown subject is not young, but its expression is not of a man ravaged or broken by life. It expresses the heartfelt sincerity and harmonic integrity that are the hallmarks of Tropinin the portraitist. The absence of Portrait of a Gentleman in a Plaid Waistcoat from the list of Tropinin’s works (the fullest to date) compiled by Alexandra Amshinskaya (Moscow, 1970) is explained by the painting’s history. It was taken out of Russia in the middle of the 20th century and has long been in private ownership, so it was unknown to Russian art historians. Acquaintance with the work broadens our understanding of the art of Vasily Tropinin. We are grateful to Dr Liudmila Markina for providing additional catalogue information. Portrait of a Gentleman in a Plaid Waistcoat, offered for auction, is a typical work from Vasily Tropinin’s mature period, when the artist had reached an unparalleled mastery in combining physical resemblance with an idealization of the image. The half-height, nearly life-size figure of the sitter fills the entire canvas. The artist focuses exclusively on the subject, whom he places against a neutral background, completely omitting the elements of interior, yet scrupulously recording the tiniest details of the man’s stylish civilian attire. This documentary approach lends the image an illusory veracity, and this effect is reinforced by the linear-sculptural treatment of form, a combination of clearly delineated contour and densely applied brushstrokes. But at the same time, this portrait, like many other works by Tropinin, is a collective image, embodying the artist’s conception of an ideal type of Moscow gentry. Until 1959, Portrait of a Gentleman in a Plaid Waistcoat hung in the gallery of Armand Hammer, famous American businessman and collector. Then, it was gifted to Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, where it adorned the wall of the University library until the beginning of the 21st century.

      MacDougall's
    • Vasily Andreevich TROPININ (1776-1857)
      Mar. 26, 2016

      Vasily Andreevich TROPININ (1776-1857)

      Est: €3,000 - €4,000

      Vasily Andreevich TROPININ (1776-1857) Portrait de dignitaire,1846 Huile sur toile, signée en cyrillique à droite au milieu et datée 1846 47 x 38 cm

      Louiza Auktion & Associés
    • Vasily Andreevich Tropinin (1776 - 1857) Attr.
      Apr. 09, 2015

      Vasily Andreevich Tropinin (1776 - 1857) Attr.

      Est: -

      Attributed to, Pair of Pencil Portraits. 9 1/2" x 13".

      Weiss Auctions
    • Attributed to Vasily Andreevich Tropinin (1776-199
      Nov. 25, 2014

      Attributed to Vasily Andreevich Tropinin (1776-199

      Est: £200 - £300

      Attributed to Vasily Andreevich Tropinin (1776-1991, Russian), cupid's head, 1814, watermarked paper, Italian pencil, 22 x 17cm.

      Chiswick Auctions
    • Attributed to Vasili Andreevich Tropinin (Russian, 1776-1857) The guitar player unframed
      Nov. 24, 2008

      Attributed to Vasili Andreevich Tropinin (Russian, 1776-1857) The guitar player unframed

      Est: £10,000 - £15,000

      The guitar player verso inscribed in Cyrillic with artist's name and title 'Portrait of V. Markov', further dated '1838' on verso oil on canvas 84.5 x 67.2cm (33 1/4 x 26 7/16in). unframed

      Bonhams
    • Follower of Vasily Andreevich Tropinin , 1776-1857 Peasant Girl oil on canvas
      Jun. 10, 2008

      Follower of Vasily Andreevich Tropinin , 1776-1857 Peasant Girl oil on canvas

      Est: £6,000 - £8,000

      signed in Cyrillic and dated 1836 l.l. oil on canvas

      Sotheby's
    • Attributed to Vasily Andreevich Tropinin, 1776-1857 , the guitar player oil on canvas
      Sep. 18, 2007

      Attributed to Vasily Andreevich Tropinin, 1776-1857 , the guitar player oil on canvas

      Est: £150,000 - £200,000

      oil on canvas

      Sotheby's
    • Vasili Tropinin drawing (Vasili Andreevich
      Jul. 14, 2007

      Vasili Tropinin drawing (Vasili Andreevich

      Est: $400 - $800

      Vasili Tropinin drawing (Vasili Andreevich Tropinin, Russian, 1776-1857), half portrait of young girl, braids tied in ribbons, signed in Cyrillic lower left and in red lower left edge "Vasilly Andreevich Tropinin", graphite, crayon and body color on gray/green paper, 6-1/4 x 7-1/4 in. (sight); modern gilt wood frame with abrasions. Hinged in, creases inherent in paper; frame with abrasions.

      Brunk Auctions
    • A Ukrainian woodcutter
      Jun. 13, 2007

      A Ukrainian woodcutter

      Est: £20,000 - £30,000

      Vasilii Andreevich Tropinin (1776-1857) A Ukrainian woodcutter signed indistinctly in Cyrillic 'V. Tropinin' (lower left) oil on canvas 11 x 9¼ in. (28 x 23.5 cm.)

      Christie's
    • Vasilii Andreevich Tropinin , Portrait of Mouromtzev, 1854
      Apr. 17, 2007

      Vasilii Andreevich Tropinin , Portrait of Mouromtzev, 1854

      Est: $120,000 - $150,000

      signed in Cyrillic and dated 1854_ (lower right) oil on canvas

      Sotheby's
    • Vasilii Andreevich Tropinin (1776-1857)
      Nov. 30, 2005

      Vasilii Andreevich Tropinin (1776-1857)

      Est: £60,000 - £80,000

      Portrait of a gentleman wearing glasses signed in Cyrillic and dated 'V. Tropinin/1846-' (centre right) oil on canvas 28 1/2 x 24 1/8 in. (72.4 x 61.2 cm.)

      Christie's
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