Constantin Korovine


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Quote, price and estimation of the artist Konstantin Korovin

Price of a painting: 900 – 590,000 €

Price of a drawing: 250 – 25,200

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Korovin’s journey

Korovin was a Russian painter born in 1861 belonging to the post-impressionist movement. He was particularly known for the Russian theatre sets he made. He joined the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, first to study architecture, then to study painting. There he worked under the guidance of the itinerant painter Alexei Savrassov. In order to complete his training, he joined the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg. However, he decided to leave this institution as he did not like the teaching method.

The influence of travel and recognition

He travelled twice to Scandinavia and northern Russia, in 1888 and 1894, accompanied by his friend Valentin Serov, who was also a painter. The result of these trips were magnificent landscape paintings (St. Tryphon’s Brook in Petchenga 1894, Port of Norway, Hammerfest in the Northern Light). He also travelled to France between 1886 and 1893 and came back influenced by the Impressionist movement which was very much in vogue at the time. This led to a break in his style, once in the image of his former master Savrassov, it was now realistic and severe.

In 1900, he took part in the Universal Exhibition in Paris and decorated the Russian Pavilion. He was, awarded a Gold Medal for his work on this occasion. He even received the status of Knight of the Legion of Honour by a decree of 28 December 1900.

The following year, in 1901, he taught at the School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where he had himself studied when he was younger, as Serov’s companion. Thanks to his talent, Korovin became the official decorator of the Bolshoi Theatre and the imperial theatres. On this occasion, he sometimes worked alongside famous actor, director and drama teacher Constantin Stanislavski. Korovin was also an avid reader of literature and composed a few stories himself.

Korovin and heritage protection

Korovin was able to present his paintings at exhibitions organised by the Ambulants group and Serge de Diaghilev’s Le Monde de l’Art, the Society of Russian Artists or the Society of the Thirty-Six .

When the October Revolution took place, Korovin devoted himself to the conservation of heritage works threatened by the movement. He managed to save works of art that could have been destroyed. He also organised sales of works in order to help political prisoners. He also continued to produce works for the theatre in parallel.

He emigrated to France in 1923 and spent his last days there. He is buried in the Russian cemetery of Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois.

Recognising Korovin’s signature

Like many artists, Konstantin Korovin did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

constantin korovine signature

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