Aleksandr MORAVOV 1878 — 1951
Олександр МОРАВОВ • Александр Викторович МОРАВОВ
Aleksandr Moravov was a painter of genre scenes and life in the Russian countryside. His favourite subjects were old people and children, and he always depicted the latter as radiating with special warmth and tenderness. In this respect, his works can be compared to the paintings of another famous Russian artist Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky, a friend and a colleague of Moravov. At the watering place, which can be dated to 1910, belongs to one of the most mature and prolific periods of the artist`s career. Influenced by his trip to Europe, the artist was interested in working en plein air, painting figures within a landscape, with air and light. He lived and worked with other artists, graduates of the Moscow School of Fine and Plastic Arts, in an art colony in the Udomelsky district of Tver region. Here the artists spent most of their time painting in the open air and they were very interested in the life of local people. `Moravov and Bogdanov-Belsky loved to talk to people. Wherever they appeared with their boxes of paints, they were immediately surrounded by people, old and young alike. A heartfelt conversation would start` (from the memoirs of Elena Alekseevna Belianitsky-Birulia).