"Troika ride" depicts rushing wagon Russian: kibitka) drawn by Troika and accompanied by armed Cossacks, this early 19th century drawing is fully authentical work by important Russian romantic painter and lithogrpher Alexander ( Aleksandr Osipovich) Orlovsky ( Orlowski). The artist, born in 1777 in Warshaw, lived in in Poland as a youth where he studied under the French painter Norblen. He was involved in the polish patriotic movement and uprising of 1794. He worked in Poland untill his move to Russia in 1802. He studied at the Academy in St.Petersburg and travelled to France, Germany and Italy. In 1812 russian Tzar Aleksandr III made him a court painter and thereafter he worked in St.Petersburg, producing paintings of shipwrecks, equestrian and military themes. He later painted street scenes, observing beggars and prisoners as well as elegant society . He was a prolific portrait draughtsman and caricaturist. He also produced theatrical designs. He died in St.Petersburg . Well represented in Tretjakov Gallery in Moscow, Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg, National Museums of Cracow, Warshaw and Berlin.
For other works by Orlovsky see item No. 327 and 1274.
Technique: drawing on paper, matted and framed in the original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 12 " x h 16 1/4" (30,5 x 41 cm); framed w 18 3/4 x h 22 7/8" (47.5 x 58 cm)
Condition: in good original condition.