Who is Fyodor Rokotov?

By Gwylym Owen

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Fyodor Stepanovich Rokotov (Fedor Rokotov) (Russian: Фёдор Степа́нович Ро́котов) (1736–December 24, 1808) was a distinguished Russian painter who specialized in portraits.

Fyodor Rokotov was born into a associates of peasant serfs, belonging to the Repnins. Much in his biography is obscure. He studied art in Saint Petersburg Academy of Arts. After buying help his forgiveness at the fall of the 1750s he became conventional as a in style painter.

In 1765, Rokotov was elected an Academician, but he did not appear in as a professor in the Academy long, because it interfered with his painting. He returned to Moscow in 1765, where he lived for the in flames of his life. He had a lot of commissions there, becoming one of the best portrait painters of his time.

Among his best-known portraits are Portrait of Alexandra Struyskaya (1772), sometimes called the Russian Mona Lisa and admittedly the most celebrated fragment of the 18th-century Russian painting; Portrait of Countess Elisabeth Santi (1785), and Lady in a Pink Dress (1770s, illustration, right).

Rokotov avoided painting formal portraits next much adornment and decoration. Instead he was one of the first Russian painters advancing a psychological portrait in the declare of attention to optical and atmospheric effects.

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