The art of Arkhip Kuindzhi, 1842–1910


Red Sunset on the Dnieper (c. 1905–1908).

Another Russian painter I’d not come across before, Arkhip Kuindzhi had a fondness for sunsets, moonlight and isolated plumes of cumulus, all of which he painted and repainted obsessively. The obvious model for these atmospheric studies is Caspar David Friedrich although Kuindzhi’s work isn’t as hyper-real, and lacks Friedrich’s Romantic mysticism. One detail that stood out for me in reading about Kuindzhi’s career was that Nicholas Roerich was one of his art pupils. Anyone familiar with Roerich’s paintings of Himalayan mountains will recognise a precursor in his teacher’s many studies of Mount Elbrus and other Caucasus peaks.


Clouds (1905).


The Elbrus, Moonlit Night (1890–1895).

Previously on { feuilleton }
Vasily Vereshchagin’s temples
Friedrich and Schinkel
Winter light

2 thoughts on “The art of Arkhip Kuindzhi, 1842–1910”

  1. Anyone familiar with Roerich’s paintings of Himalayan mountains
    As was Lovecraft.
    Roerich is just out there, with his mountains and his own colour symbolism and his Theosophy / Buddhist mysticism.
    For some reason the premium collection of his work has found its way to the Latvian National Museum of Art, but they’ve been closed for a while for renovations (where the renovation money is really going is anyone’s guess).

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