Konstantin Korovin

Konstantin Alekseyevich Korovin (Russian Константин Алексеевич Коровин, scientific transliteration Konstantin Korovin Alekseevic; * 23 Novemberjul / December 5 1861greg in Moscow, .. † September 11, 1939 in Paris) was a Russian painter, stage designer and educator. His brother was the painter Sergei Alekseyevich Korovin. He is considered one of the most important representatives of the Russian Impressionism in the late 19th and early 20th century. Much of his work is exhibited in the Russian Museum.


He grew up in the family a long-established Moscow merchant family. At the age of 14, he joined the Faculty of Architecture of the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. After two years he moved to the Faculty of Painting, where he met among others, Alexei Savrasov. He continued his education at the St. Petersburg Academy of Art, which he left after three months because of the prevailing teaching methods.

In the period 1888-1894 is Korovin went together with his friend and fellow painter Valentin Alexandrovich Serov on trips to the north. In this time and under the impression of traveling the images harbor originated in Norway ( Гавань в Норвегии ), Hammerfest. Aurora ( Гаммерфест. Северное сияние ) and Murmansk Coast ( Мурманский берег ).

In the 1890s, Korovin designed the Northern Railway pavilion, which was built according to his designs in Nizhny Novgorod. Around the turn of the century, he worked at theaters, where he designed theater costumes and decorations for dramatic performances, but also operas and ballets.

An important place in the work Korowins occupies Paris. Here he was heavily influenced by the French Impressionists.

Korovin participated in numerous art exhibitions of various tendencies and associations in part, such as the Peredvizhniki, the world of art and the Association of Russian artist, without ever having been a member. In 1901 he took a teaching position at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. After the October Revolution Korovin dedicated to the conservation of monuments, organized auctions and exhibitions for the benefit of art.

In 1923 he went on the advice of Anatoly Vasilyevich Lunacharsky abroad and settled in France. In addition to beautiful talent possessed Koworin also literary talent. In exile, he began to write stories.

Works (selection)

  • Northern Landscapes ( Северная идиллия )
  • Paris Café ( Парижское кафе )
  • Café de la Paix ( Кафе де ла Пэ )
  • The Bazaar ( Базар )
  • Portrait of a choir