Vera Bodunova

ART COLLECTORS AND PATRONS

Vera Bodunova
THE ARTIST AND HIS BENEFACTOR: Ivan Aivazovsky and Alexei Tomilov

#1 2017 (54)

“Among other nonsense (as well as certain justified criticisms), I hear that Gaivazovsky[1] paints too quickly and sloppily. His works are more like stage sets than paintings, they say. I no longer have the energy to refute these accusations; I can only remark sorrowfully that ‘at least the stage sets are delightful, you must concur.’”[2] In such terms, without hiding his sincere chagrin, the well-known patron of the arts Alexei Tomilov wrote in 1842 to the marine painter Ivan Aivazovsky, who was, by then, acquiring a reputation in Europe

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