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Ivan Petrovich Argunov



Argunov Ivan Petrovich

(b St Petersburg, 1729; d Moscow, 1802).

Russian painter and teacher. He came from a family of serfs, belonging to the Counts Sheremetev, that produced several painters and architects. In about 1746–7 he was a pupil of Georg Christoph Grooth (1716–49), who painted portraits of the Sheremetev family. With Grooth, Argunov worked on the decoration of the court church at Tsarskoye Selo (now Pushkin). A full-length icon of St John of Damascus (1749; Pushkin, Pal.–Mus.), in Rococo style, is distinguished by its secular, decorative character. The Dying Cleopatra (1750; Moscow, Tret’yakov Gal.) is typical of Rococo decorative painting of the mid-18th century, with its striking combination of light, soft tones. Argunov subsequently painted in a quite different style, mainly producing portraits, of which about 60 are known. Among the first of these are pendant portraits of Ivan Lobanov-Rostovsky and his wife (1750 and 1754; St Petersburg, Rus. Mus.), in which the sitters are idealized, as in ceremonial court portraits. The colour schemes of the two portraits are complementary, a device Argunov was to favour, and the feel of materials is admirably rendered. A certain flatness and stiffness in the figures recalls the old tradition of parsun (semi-iconic) painting.


Anna Petr. Sheremetyeva



Portrait of Kalmyk girl Annushka, 1767



Portrait of Grand Duchess Catherine Alexeyevna






Portrait of P.B. Sheremetev (artist's owner)



Portrait of Varvara Sheremetev, later countess Razumovsky



Portrait of Catherine II of Russia



Portrait of Princess Ekaterina Alexandrovna Lobanova-Rostovskaya



Портрет Татьяны Александровны Ветошниковой



Портрет императрицы Елизаветы Петровны



Портрет Анны Петровны Шереметьевой



Портрет графа Н.П.Шереметьева в детстве



Портрет Бориса Владимировича Шереметьевав



Портрет графини Варвары Шереметевой



Portrait of an Unknown Peasant



Portrait of a Woman in a Blue Dress



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