Alexei Alexeyevich HARLAMOFF 1840 — 1925
Олексій ХАРЛАМОВ • Алексей Алексеевич ХАРЛАМОВ
Alexei Harlamoff was born near Saratov in 1840. In 1854 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg where he won a gold medal and a travel scholarship in 1868. Harlamoff lives in Paris. During his early career Harlamoff painted many genre and religious subjects and he also became an established portrait painter. He was portraying the high society, among them Tsar Alexander II and Prince Demidoff. He also portrayed the poet Alphonse Daudet, the writer Ivan Tourgueniev, and the singer Pauline Viardot-Garcia in the 1870s. Harlamoff participated regularly from 1875 until 1882 and again in 1909 at the Salon au Palais des Champs-Élysées, at the Universal Exhibition in Vienna in 1873 and in Paris in 1878, 1889 and 1900. From 1869 he specialized in mid-size portraits, small genre-pictures. Harlamoff`s main fame resulted from his idyllic portraits of children and young women. Even French art critics praised his works, and Emil Zolá ranked Harlamoff’s portrait of Turgenev between the best paintings of the Salon in 1876. In 1874 Harlamoff exhibited two paintings between the portrait of the engraver Ivan Poshalostin at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, for which he was awarded “Academic Portrait Painter”. Later he joined the “Wanderers” Association. From 1879 until 1917 he participated at the exposition Itinerant in Russia. Between 1870 and 1890 at the height of his art Harlamoff searched for a dialog with the Old Masters, but he also responded to his contemporaries, the French Impressionists. After 1910 Harlamoff painted in a more sketchy style. Harlamoff died in Paris in 1925.