Picture of the Arch of the General Staff (St. Petersburg), V. WITH. Sadovnikov, 1830
- Posted by Vasily Semenovich Sadovnikov
- Museum: Hermitage
- Year: 1830
Overview of the painting :
Arch of the General Staff. St. Petersburg – Vasily Semenovich Sadovnikov. 1830. Watercolor on paper. 24×38
Russian watercolorist and lithographer Vasily Semenovich Sadovnikov (1800-1879) in his many works depicted the views of St. Petersburg.
The square “Arka of the General Staff” delights the accuracy with which the artist captured one of the most beautiful corners of St. Petersburg. He chose an interesting angle showing the view from Bolshoi Sea Street through the arches to the Palace Square from the column of Mikhail Arkhangel. The main features of the master’s work were manifested in this work: accuracy and documentary in the image of the urban landscape, which, however, is not devoid of poetic mood. But Sadovnikov is interested not only in architecture, in its watercolors Petersburg is a living city: dressed ladies walk, harnessed sled, people of different estates are accurately transferred. The artist’s work is a wonderful historical document, he vividly and easily showed the urban life of the era of the reign of Nicholas I .