More ciggies, pipes, cigars, cigarillos, hubbly-bubblies and tobacco than you can escape passive smoking from.
We first have one Russian artist painting another. Here is Alexander Deyneka’s Portrait of Konstantin Vyalov (1942).
Vladimir Makovsky (1846-1920) did the honours with his depiction of a Russian everyman smoking his pipe of contentedness.
I’m not entirely sure when this next Man with pipe (by Pyotr Sventakhovsky) was painted.
Our old friend Vasily Vereshchagin’s back with ‘A Chinese man‘, one in his Orientalist series. This one’s from 1873.
Just when I was beginning to think that there’s a sad lack of women in this series, I found this group portrait by the Polish artist Wacław Szymanowski (1859-1930). Of course, the women aren’t smoking, but hopefully before long we’ll find some that do.
How about this, though? Georgy Belashenko (1865-??) is yet another little known artist who painted this ‘The first cigarette‘ at the end of the 19th century.
Pyotr (Peter) Williams (1902-1947) was a Soviet artist of American descent. His father naturalised as a Russian citizen six years before he was born, and Peter stayed on in his adoptive country.
Here is a 1932 Portrait of K. Medova by Igor Grabar (1871-1960). Finally, another woman – actually wielding a ciggie!
Here’s a fairly recent work by the Georgian artist Matiko Mamaladze. More women!
This one, titled ‘Fashionable Wife (or the Lioness)‘ is by Pavel Fedotov. It’s from 1849, which makes it one of the oldest depictions of a woman smoking in Russian art.
And then the mighty Finnish artist Albert Edelfelt returns to this blog with this lovely portrait of a woman smoking ‘In a bar‘.
Next, we have a superb, intimate depiction of two friends by the Polish/Russian artist Teodor Buchholz (1857-1942).
Enver Ishmametov (1916-1985) next, with his Old Man.
To round this set off, a modernist still life by Alexander Kuprin (1880-1960) is a nice break from a continuity of portraiture.