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Taras Shevchenko

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Kazakh boy sleeps near the stove

Taras Shevchenko. Kazakh boy sleeps…

Taras Shevchenko. Kazakh boy sleeps near the stove. Paper, sepia (23,3 × 18,1 cm). [Kos-Aral]. [6.X 1848 – 2.IV 1849]. Taras Shevchenko National Museum, inv. g – 366.

Images of the same boy see number 37, 76, 177.

In a letter to V. M. Repnina from 14.XI 1849 Shevchenko wrote: "Summer I spent at sea, winter – in the wilderness, in the snow-covered hut (dzhelomejka) like where I am, poor artist, drew Kyrgyz…". These words refer to the figures number 14, 37, 39.

In the literature there is incorrect dating in 1853 and entitled "Kyrgyz boy sleep near the stove" [A. Beskin, Shevchenko as an artist, "Art", Moscow, 1939, № 2, p. 28], "Boy-Kyrgyz near the stove" [A. Novitsky Taras Shevchenko as a painter, Lviv – Moscow, 1914, p. 70, № 484].

Storage areas: property of L. Zhemchuzhnykov, collection I. N. Tereshchenko, State Russian Museum, Leningrad Institute of Taras Shevchenko, Kharkiv – Kyiv, Gallery of pictures Shevchenko, Kharkiv.

In 1911 exhibited at the exhibition of art works of Taras Shevchenko in Kiev called "The Boy Kalmyk sleeping in a yurt near the oven" (Catalogue, p. 12, № 54).

L. I. Vnuchkova

After publication: Taras Shevchenko Complete Works in 10 volumes. – Kyiv: ed. Academy of sciences of UkrSSR, 1962, vol. 8, № 38 (image), p. 23 – 24 (notes).