Alexander Osipovich Orlovsky (Russian, 1777-1832), А.О.Орловский
A pair of battle scenes with Russian cossacks
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This pair of early battle paintings with Russian cossack cavalrymen was created in the beginning of 19th century and despite the absence of signature have all quality and stylistic criteria to be attributed to the hand of important Russian-Polish Romanticism painter and lithogrpher Alexander ( Aleksandr Osipovich) Orlovsky ( Orlowski). It΄s known other unsigned works by Orlovsky. For comparison see images of his works in wikipedia. 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 Rissian 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. 4015,; 3930; 3124 and 1274.
Technique: each: oil on turtle plate, original Empire period frames.
Measurements: each unframed diameter w 3 3/4" (9,5 cm); framed h 10 5/8" x w 10 5/8" (27 x 27 cm).