It is the interior views especially which reveal the artist's reverence for the antique and aligns his approach with that of the miriskusstniki, or World of Art group, whose aim was also to preserve the art of their forebears. Zhukovsky's depictions of Russia’s great estates carry a deep emotional resonance, evoking the indissoluble link which the artist believed existed between man and his environment. The surrounding landscape is always a feature of these interior views, either glimpsed through an open window, or indicated by the bright rays of sunlight streaming across the furnishings of the cool, shadowy rooms.
Zhukovsky studied under Isaak Levitan and Konstantin Korovin in Moscow; his compositions combine the lyrical landscapes of the former with the vibrant colours of the latter's plein-air style.
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