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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Alexei Petrovich Bogoliubov
NIGHT PROCESSION IN YAROSLAVL
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Alexei Petrovich Bogoliubov
NIGHT PROCESSION IN YAROSLAVL
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Alexei Petrovich Bogoliubov
1824-1896
NIGHT PROCESSION IN YAROSLAVL

Provenance

Acquired by the great-grandfather of the present owners circa 1900

Catalogue Note

In 1861 Bogoliubov and his brother, Nikolai, a sailor and writer, travelled along the Volga to compile the first comprehensive travel guide of the region. The artist later recollected in his autobiography: ‘it was an interesting journey, especially for me; having lived abroad so much as both a sailor and artist, I had little understanding of my own country.’ In 1862 The Volga from Tver to Astrakhan was published, at least 20 pages of which were dedicated to Yaroslavl. The chapter Processions states that ‘in the ancient city [Yaroslavl] and its environs, up to twenty six processions take place between the Feast of the Baptism [19 January] and late autumn’. In 1863 Bogoliubov spent five days in Yaroslavl as part of the retinue of Grand Duke Nikolai Alexandrovich. They visited key Old Russian architectural monuments, including the Holy Transfiguration, Tolga and Nicholas-Babaev monasteries.  

Bogoliubov brought back hundreds of drawings and studies from his two Volga expeditions, during which time he saw several Orthodox processions. Procession in Yaroslavl (fig.1), a small work depicting a solemn procession by the 17th century church of Elijah the Prophet, is from this period. A similar view of ancient Yaroslavl with its church domes is depicted in the background of the present work.

In a letter dated 23rd January 1866, Bogoliubov requests permission from Fedor Bruni, rector of the Imperial Academy of Arts, to send his paintings directly to Paris for the Exposition Universelle of 1867, without first exhibiting them at the Academy’s exhibition. The list of works belonging to private individuals includes the painting View of Yaroslavl. Matins for a Holy Christian Celebration on the Banks of the Volga. Night-Time with the City Illuminated by Firelight During the Church Procession (249 by 189cm with frame). The offered lot is probably a smaller version of this painting, the subject of which so captivated Bogoliubov.

We are grateful to Lyudmila Pashkova of the Radishchev State Museum of Fine Arts for providing this catalogue note.

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