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Lev Lagorio

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Lev Lagorio

Alma materImperial Academy of Arts
Born( 1827-06-16 ) June 16, 1827 Feodosia
DiedDecember 9, 1905 (1905-12-09) (aged 78) Saint Petersburg
EducationProfessor by rank (1860)
Known forPainting

A magnificent example of Lev Lagorio's mature work, Returning home, Caucasus masterfully conveys the natural beauty and drama of the Caucasian landscape. Lagorio was born in Feodosia in 1927, decade after the birth of Aivazovsky under whom he was to later study. On completion of his studies at Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1850, Lagorio travel to Italy, France, Switzerland and Holland. From 1852-1860 he settled in Italy, birthplace of his father. In addition to his European trips, Lagorio travelled extensively in Russia, painting a number of his finest works, including Night of Neva, Petersburg sold at Christie's in 2007 for a staggering £1 476 000. Like Aivazovsky, whose influence on younger artists is immediately apparent, Lagorio was primarily a maritime artist who captured the sea and all of its moods. One of the most naturally talented maritime and battle-artists of the 19th century, Lagorio's Caucasian landscapes are highly accomplish: sun-drench landscape, sparkling sea and bright blue azure sky transport viewer to the coastline. In light and earth, one hear echoes of Lagorio's time in Italy. Ferocious sun beats down on rocks, pick out with highlights of white; scatter clouds softening its intensity and bathing the scene in cool glorious light. Superb master of colouring, Returning home, Caucasus is painted confidently in the best tradition of Academic and Romantic landscape painting.

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Biography

Lev Feliksovich was born in Feodosia in family of Neapolitan Vice-Consul. His father, Felice Lagorio, was a Genoese merchant serving as Vice-Consul for the Kingdom of Two Sicilies. From 1839 to 1840, he received his first artistic training in the studios of Ivan Aivazovsky. In 1842, with the support of Alexander Kaznacheyev, Governor of Taurida, he was able to enroll in the Imperial Academy of Arts. Later, he was able to obtain financial assistance from the Duke of Leuchtenberg, Academy's new President. Among his teachers there were Alexander Sauerweid, Maxim Vorobiev and Bogdan Willewalde. In 1850, Lagorio graduates from the Academy of Arts with a Gold Medal. In 1850, he received the title of artist for his painting of Lakhta and, two years later, became a Russian citizen. He was also awarded a pension to study abroad, visiting Paris first, then Rome, where he stayed until 1859, last two years at his own expense. After his return, in 1860, he was named Professor and exhibited works he had created in Italy. He traveled to the Caucasus in 1861 and presented a series of landscapes from there to Tsar Alexander II, who presented him with the Order of Saint Anna. He returned to the Caucasus in 1863 and 1864, with the entourage of Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolayevich, where he participated in the Caucasian War. Afterward, he settled in Saint Petersburg, spent summers in Sudak and often travel abroad. In 1885, he was commissioned to paint a series of works on the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 and visit battlefields throughout European and Asian theaters. In 1900, he was named an honorary member of the Academy. He is buried at Novodevichy Cemetery.

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