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Taras Shevchenko

Encyclopedia of the life and works



Shevchenko's artistic heritage for us is not less valuable than his poetry. Do not forget that natural gift of drawing was the very first awakened in him and brought him out of the abyss of slavery in artistic elite.

His art works are diverse. Already during his lifetime Shevchenko had a well-deserved honor as outstanding portrait painter. He also performed a large series of landscapes, architectural sketches (including ukrainian antiquity), book illustrations. He was the first of Ukrainian who mastered the etching technique and created in it a number of famous compositions.

Since Shevchenko was not just an outstanding artist, but an outstanding ukrainian artist, in his painting powerfully entered politics. His art project "Picturesque Ukraine" experienced failure (30 years later, this project renewed by Napoleon Orda, which created a great series of pictures of polish monuments in Ukraine). Tsar's disgrace in 1847 banned him not only write but also draw. Despite this prohibition Shevchenko during exile in Kazakhstan painted a lot and became the first painter of this land. With great sympathy and warmth he painted life of Kazakhs, and therefore enjoys great respect Kazakhs until today.

It is noticeable that for all his exile Shevchenko made no picture that would glorify valor of the Russian army and among all his works – which is about 1200 images! – there are no sketchs of Petersburg architecture, which was strange to him, despite many years residence in this city.

Unable to destroy ukrainian artist Shevchenko by refusing, Russians decided to achieve this by appropriation his work. Thus, in the "History of the russian art" (Moscow: 1955, t. 1, p. 438 – 441) work of Shevchenko paid 2.5 page. This large survey in two volumes written by the best team of experts under the aegis of USSR Academy of Arts. On the thoughts of these authors, creativity Shevchenko belong to russian art. Period.

The ideological struggle continues. Our web publication is intended to show the world the great ukrainian artist – Taras Shevchenko.

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Alphabetic index


Works of 1830 - 1839

Works of 1840 - 1842

Sketches on the margins of the "Mariana-nun" poem manuscript (1842)

The history of Suvorov (1842)

Portraits of Russian generals (1843)

Works of 1843

Album of 1839 – 1843

Picturesque Ukraine (1844)

Works of 1844 – 1845

Album of 1845

Outlines on pages of manuscript "Three years" (1845 – 1847 years)

Portraits of Katerynych family (1846)

Works of 1846 – 1847

Album of 1846 – 1850 ¹ 108

Album of 1846 – 1850 ¹ 109

Aral expedition of 1848 – 1849

Orenburg, 1849 – 1850

Expedition to Kara-Tau, 1851

Mangyshlak garden, 1851 – 1852

Works of 1851 – 1857

Allegorical figures 1856

Parable of prodigal son (1856 – 1857)

On the Volga, 1857

Nizhny Novgorod, 1857 – 1858

Moscow – St. Petersburg, 1858 – 1859

Album of 1858 – 1859

In Ukraine, 1859

Design of house, 1859

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