Karl Bruillov (1799-1852) was the greatest Russian Romantic and fashionable painter of the Russian aristocracy of the early- to mid-19th century. His portrait of the Shishmaryov sisters adorns the cover of this magnificent tribute to his work. Bruillov was also a painter of genre scenes as well as an illustrator. His best-known work in the latter category includes his watercolour illustrations for Pushkin's Peter the Great's Moor, an example of which is included here. Bruillov is little known outside his native Russia, thus all of his paintings, prints, and drawings found in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and the Russian Museums in St Petersburg will be a revelation to art lovers. There are many examples of Romantic themes, balcony scenes, Turkish odalisques, and rustic scenes. In 1849, Briullov travelled abroad to take waters in Warsaw, Cologne, Brussels, London, and Lisbon. He also visited Madeira where he painted several scenes. He spent his last years in Italy where he died and is buried. The accompanying text provides an analysis of Bruillov's work and there is a comprehensive biography of the artist.
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