Lev Feliksovic Lagorio

1826/27-1905

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Status, price and estimate of the artist Lev Feliksovic Lagorio

Price of a painting: 1,540 – 170,710 €.

Price of a drawing: 820 – 3,800 €.

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The youth of Lev Feliksovic Lagorio

Lev Feliksovic Lagorio was a Russian painter and watercolourist from a family of Freemason merchants. He was born on 16 June or 17 November 1827 in Theodosia in the Crimea and died on 17 November 1905 in St Petersburg.

The Russian romantic painter Ivan Aivazovsky gave him his first art lessons between 1839 and 1840. Following that, thanks to the support of the governor of the city of Tauride in the Crimea, Lev enrolled at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg in 1842, financially supported by Duke Maximilian of Leuchtenberg.

A painter of seascapes and landscapes

Influenced by his first teacher who was a great seascape painter, Lev took a trip in 1845 on a Russian warship on which he took the time to study the layout of the ships that we find in most of his works.

In 1850, he received the title of Artist for his painting of the View of Lahti and became a Russian citizen two years later. He also received a scholarship to study abroad and went to France in 1853 where he studied the great painters in the Louvre and Luxembourg and painted the Normandy coast. He also travelled to Italy where he stayed until 1859, financing the last two years of his trip himself. From this trip he brought back paintings depicting the surroundings of Capri.

An established artist

After his return to the Russian Empire, the artist was appointed Professor and exhibited the work he had done in Italy. From 1861 onwards, he travelled to the Caucasus and presented a series of landscapes he had painted there to Tsar Alexander II, who awarded him the Order of Saint Anne. He returned in 1863 and took part in the Caucasian War, for which he was decorated. He then settled in Saint Petersburg and spent his summers in Sudak, a coastal town in Crimea. He continued to travel regularly.

In 1885, he was commissioned to paint a series of works on the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 and travelled to the European and Asian battlefields. In 1900, he was made an honorary member of the Academy.

In 2018, the English auction house Macdougall Arts Ltd. estimated an 1886 seascape entitled From the Bosphorus to the Black Sea at £150,000 to £200,000, which it eventually sold for £260,000.

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