Russian landscape painter Konstantin Kryzhitsky
Konstantin Yakovlevich Kryzhitsky (1859-1911) – Russian landscape painter. He received a general education at the Kiev real school, enrolled in 1877 in the Imperial Academy of Arts and worked there under the guidance of Professor Baron M. Klodt. Graduated academic course in 1884 with the rank of class artist I degree and with a small gold medal, awarded to him for his painting “The Oaks”. In 1889 Russian landscape painter Konstantin Kryzhitsky got the academic degree.
Russian landscape painter Konstantin Kryzhitsky perfectly mastered oil paints as well as watercolors, and worked with pencils. He painted landscapes mostly from nature of Kiev province and vicinity of St. Petersburg. Most of his paintings appeared at the annual academic exhibitions, starting from 1879, and watercolors – at exhibitions of Russian watercolors society, an active member of which he had been since its founding.
The best of his many works are: “The storm is going” (1885), “before noon” (1886), “Green Street” (1887), “Farm in Malorossia” (1888), “Fire dumped, wafted coolness” (1889) “The forest expance” (1889 was acquired by Emperor Alexander III), «May Evening” (1886) and others.
In the fall of 1910 at an exhibition of Russian paintings in London was presented last picture Kryzhitsky – The smell of spring. On this canvas with amazing subtlety messaging is featured pre-spring atmosphere. Blue shadows on the melted snow, mighty oaks, bathing in the rays of the winter sun … Looking at the picture, you feel joyful anticipation of heat.
Shortly after the show one of the St. Petersburg newspapers – for the sake of cheap sensationalism – accused Kryzhitsky of plagiarism. Unjustly accuse was obvious to all. But the artist was not able to survive the insult and on the night of April 4, 1911 committed suicide. Konstantin Kryzhitsky left a great legacy that survived mainly in museums of Russian and eastern Ukrainian provincial cities, Samara, Saratov, Kharkov, Petrozavodsk.