Vladimir Orlovsky (1842-1914): Storm Clouds, 1884, oil on5/14/2021, 2:31:01 PM
Vladimir Orlovsky (1842-1914): Storm Clouds, 1884, oil on canvas, 140 x 111 cm Vladimir Donatovich Orlovsky was one of the most prominent landscape painters in the Russian academy of the last third of the 19th-early 20th century. He travelled widely during his lifetime but his works mostly express his adoration and love for Russian nature and his native Ukraine. Orlovsky produced numerous studies while spending the summer of 1883 in the area of Podolsk, near the present-day border of Ukraine with Moldova. These studies were later used to accomplish his celebrated series of Little Russia, often incorporating staffage figures and genre scenes into the landscape, washerwomen doing laundry in the river, workers in the fields and, as in the present painting, a summer landscape with a lonely man watching the sea at sunset. It depicts that unique moment before the storm when the sun has not yet disappeared.