Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky (1868–1945): Visitors, 19135/11/2021, 9:55:29 AM
Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky (1868–1945): Visitors, 1913, 150x120 cm, oil on canvas, Arkhangelsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts State Museum Association, Russia . . In the summer of 1907, Bogdanov-Belsky left St Petersburg and moved into his dacha named ‘Seagull’ on Lake Udomlya in Tver province where he lived and worked until 1920. He would travel to St Petersburg in the winter to carry out commissions for society portraits, but he felt his real work lay elsewhere: "I was drawn towards the countryside. I felt that it was there I would paint something important and meaningful". Working alongside Korovin and Zhukovsky, Bogdanov-Belsky took particular interest in daily life of the local village and school. Watching the children learn he remarked: ‘...their spontaneity, and talents, ...naturally led them to be the main characters of my paintings"