Studio: international art — 35.1905

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resting. The marked attention paid to his work
by the public dates from the time when he first
began to exhibit, though he was then only a student.

While taking the architectural course at the
Academy, Kossiakoff worked also at landscape,
guided by the advice of the famous teacher
Kouindgy, to whom should be ascribed much of
his success in this genre.

Thenceforward he applied himself still more
seriously to drawing, and has succeeded in freeing
his designs from that tendency to mannerism
which often detracts from the work of architectural
draughtsmen. His water-colours have acquired a
more austere and decided character, while his
colouring has at the same time become more

As a specialist, George Kossiakoff has devoted
most attention to architectural subjects, which has
not, however, made his drawings stilted or devoid
of interest. The happy choice of some telling bit
of foreshortening, or of a pretty sunlight effect,
adds poetry and style to his water-colours. In his
architectural designs we feel not only the artist’s
desire to reproduce some noticeable feature, but
also his wish to give a complete impression of the

All this combines to lend quite special interest
to the water-colours of this talented young Russian
architect, and adds to his popularity among those
who look upon his work in this genre as exemplary.

On his return from abroad, Kossiakoff stayed for
a time in various Russian towns, like Moscow,
Yaroslav, and Rostov, where the architectural de-
signs, dating from the time of the Tsars of the
seventeenth century, have found in him a notable
expositor. His studies in the State apartments
of the Czar Alexis Michailovitch deservedly
attracted the approbation of painters, and were
afterwards reproduced in colours under the auspices
of the Societe de Ste. Eugenie.

On a future occasion we hope to give some
further examples of George Kossiakoff’s work.


Ancient tables are very scarce, especially
those of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The
reason is not far to seek, for, like chairs, they are
easily removable and easily destructible. Fashion,
too, has played a considerable part in their dis-
appearance. To make room for the more modern
forms —space being limited—tables as well as chairs
were either relegated to the garrets or presented to
the peasants by the lords of the castle : they had
served their time and gone out of fashion. It is
for this reason that so many valuable pieces of
ancient furniture, lace, and other now precious
examples of the art of bygone times came to be
found in the homes of the villagers and peasant

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