I read Sergei Dovlatov’s Pushkin Hills, a brilliant, acerbic, ironic and deeply heartfelt novel, and was struck by the references to famous people and – especially – artists in it. I thought it might be an idea to create a post comprising works by the artists mentioned and possibly portraits of the people, and – even better, if I can find any – portraits of the people by those artists. So here goes:
Pavel Shchegolev (1877-1931, Pushkin expert) by E. Kiseleva. (1911)
General Mellor-Zakomelsky (1725-90) by George Dawe.
Alexander Benois (1870-1960, artist and critic), by Leon Bakst. (1898)
Portrait of the poet Sergei Yesenin (1895-1925) by Lydia Charlemagne. (1955).
Pushkin on his deathbed, by Fyodor Bruni.
Portrait of a Woman, by Ivan Kramskoy. (1883).
Alexander von Benckendorff (1782-1844, Russian general and censor) by George Dawe.
Sketch of his nanny, Arina Seryakova, in youth and old age, by Pushkin.
Demon of Metromania, or Wilhelm Küchelbecker writes poetry, by A. Illichevsky. (1815).
Portrait of Alexander Pushkin, by Orest Kiprensky. (1827).
Portrait of Alexei Remizov (1877-1957, symbolist writer), by Boris Kustodiyev. (1907).
Portrait of Maria Tsvetaeva (1892-1941, poet), by Magda Nachman. (1915)