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 Stanislav Zhukovsky

Born:   1873
Deceased:   1944

Russian artist of the Belarusian-Polish origin.


Stanislav Zhukovsky was born into the family of an aristocrat deprived of his property and rights of nobility for his involvement in the Polish Revolt of 1863. More in-depth studies of the reasons revealed that the reasons were economical rather than political. Stanislav Zhukovsky’s father most likely did not take part in the revolt, but lost his entail property as a result of economic sanctions inflicted on the revolt sympathizers. As a result Yury Zhukovsky could not keep the family estate in property and became its tenant, as well as most of other representatives of the Byelorussian-Polish nobles. The revolt defeat, exile of his father’s brothers, the loss of his patrimonial estate, the family’s troublesome financial situation and vanished hopes had a substantial impact on the psychoemotional perception of the reality by the artist.

Contrary to the will of his father Stanislav Zhukovsky left for Moscow to study painting in 1892. He took classes from Isaac Levitan and graduated from the Moscow Painting, Sculpture and Architecture College. From 1895 Stanislav Zhukovsky participated in exhibitions of the Itineraries. In 1899 his canvass Moonlight Night was acquired by the Tretyakov Gallery.
By the early 20th century Stanislav Zhukovsky became one of the most famous impressionist landscape painters in Russia. He also took part in exhibitions of the World of Art group. 
The artist lived preferentially in Moscow. He organized a private school there and taught from 1907 till 1917. He traveled a lot across Central Russia and studied ancient manor estates.
In 1923 the artist immigrated to Poland. In 1930 Joseph Brodsky and other friends persuaded the artist to return to the USSR, but he remained in Poland.
During World War II the artist was arrested by the Nazis.
Stanislav Zhukovsky died in the concentration camp in Prushkov in 1944.

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