The Divine Weed 3

More ciggies, pipes, cigars, cigarillos, hubbly-bubblies and tobacco than you can escape passive smoking from.

Portrait of Konstantin Vyalov, by Alexander Deyneka. (1942).

Portrait of Konstantin Vyalov, by Alexander Deyneka. (1942).

We first have one Russian artist painting another. Here is Alexander Deyneka’s Portrait of Konstantin Vyalov (1942).

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Man smoking pipe, by Vladimir Makovsky.

Vladimir Makovsky (1846-1920) did the honours with his depiction of a Russian everyman smoking his pipe of contentedness.

Man smoking pipe, by Pyotr Sventakhovsky.

Man smoking pipe, by Pyotr Sventakhovsky.

I’m not entirely sure when this next Man with pipe (by Pyotr Sventakhovsky) was painted.

A Chinese man, by V. Vereshchagin. (1873).

A Chinese man, by V. Vereshchagin. (1873).

Our old friend Vasily Vereshchagin’s back with ‘A Chinese man‘, one in his Orientalist series. This one’s from 1873.

An old mountaineer, by Wacław Szymanowski. (1887).

An old mountaineer, by Wacław Szymanowski. (1887).

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.

The first cigarette, by Georgy Belashenko. (end-19th c.)

The first cigarette, by Georgy Belashenko. (end-19th c.)

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.

Man in a boat, by Peter Williams. (1926).

Man in a boat, by Peter Williams. (1926).

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.

Portrait of K. Medova, by Igor Grabar. (1932).

Portrait of K. Medova, by Igor Grabar. (1932).

Here is a 1932 Portrait of K. Medova by Igor Grabar (1871-1960). Finally, another woman – actually wielding a ciggie!

Last cigarette, by Matiko Mameladze.

Last cigarette, by Matiko Mameladze.

Here’s a fairly recent work by the Georgian artist Matiko Mamaladze. More women!

Fashionable wife, by Pavel Fedotov. (1849).

Fashionable wife, by Pavel Fedotov. (1849).

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.

In a bar, by Albert Edelfelt.

In a bar, by Albert Edelfelt.

And then the mighty Finnish artist Albert Edelfelt returns to this blog with this lovely portrait of a woman smoking ‘In a bar‘.

Lady friends, by Teodor Buchholz. (1901).

Lady friends, by Teodor Buchholz. (1901).

Next, we have a superb, intimate depiction of two friends by the Polish/Russian artist Teodor Buchholz (1857-1942).

Old man, by Enver Ishmametov.

Old man, by Enver Ishmametov.

Enver Ishmametov (1916-1985) next, with his Old Man.

Still life with pipe, by Alexander Kuprin. (1917).

Still life with pipe, by Alexander Kuprin. (1917).

To round this set off, a modernist still life by Alexander Kuprin (1880-1960) is a nice break from a continuity of portraiture.

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