Vasily Ivanovich Shukhaev
- Vasily Ivanovich Shukhaev
- In the Auvergne
- signed in Cyrillic and dated 1929 l.r.; further bearing two exhibition labels on the stretcher
- tempera on canvas
- 78.5 by 60cm, 31 by 23 1/2 in.
Moscow, Exhibition Hall of the Union of Artists of the USSR, Vystavka proizvedenii Vasiliya Ivanovicha Shukhaeva, 1958
I.Myamlin, Vasilii Shukhaev, Leningrad, 1972, p.77 mentioned in the text
In the Auvergne is typical of Shukhaev’s views of French mediaeval towns from this period. While still students in St Petersburg, Shukhaev and Yakovlev, his friend and fellow Neo-classicist, had founded The Guild of St Luke, an artistic society whose express purpose was to revive the technique of the Old Masters. The sombre, ochre-heavy palette in the present lot is borrowed directly from the Old Masters and the use of tempera which creates a warm, subdued light recalls the technique fresco painting. Both style and medium are entirely suited to this timeless scene of a farmer leading a bull down the hill, the whitewashed walls of a modest town below contrast with the ancient castle ruins for which the region is famed on the hill in the distance.