Antique Russian Oil Painting Yuliy (Julius) Yulevich Klever Winter Scene, 1890
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The painting depicts a Russian winter landscape at sunset, with houses and row boats by the lakeside, the painting is signed in Cyrillic lower right. The painting is housed in the original gilded wood and gesso frame, condition is very good, no condition issues, the painting is clean and ready to hang. Provenance; from a long established European family collection.
Klever showed talent as a child and received lessons from Konstantin von Kügelgen. He was enrolled at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts where he studied architecture, however, he began to take landscape painting classes; first with Sokrat Vorobiev, later with Mikhail Clodt.
In 1871 he started to show his works, one was purchased by Count Pavel Stroganov and, the following year, his painting. "Sunset", was acquired by Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna. In 1874, he had his first solo exhibition at the Imperial Society for the Encouragement of the Arts. After Tsar Alexander II expressed interest in his work, he was named an "Artist" by the Academy, despite having not graduated.
In 1879, he and the actor Vasily Samoylov (who was an amateur painter) spent some time working on Nargen island. The resulting works were purchased by Pavel Tretyakov and the Imperial Family, including Tsar Alexander III. Following this, the Academy named him a Professor. In 1885, he helped organize the Russian exhibit at the Exposition Universelle d'Anvers in Antwerp Belgium.
In 1908, he went to Germany with his family and lived in Neustrelitz until 1915 when the war forced him to return home.
After the Revolution, he began receiving support from the "Russian Society of Artists". For the rest of his life he taught at the Academy (under its successive new Soviet names) and at the Art and Industry Academy, where he headed the department of "monumental" painting.
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