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The artist born in the times of the Russian Empire, Stanislav Zhukovsky (1873-1944), had a Belarusian-Polish origin and his fate, including his work, fell into difficult times of the fall of some empires and the creation of new ones, as well as during the war and other upheavals. which directly influenced his life and worldview.
The artist himself was born into the family of a Polish aristocrat, from whom all his lands were confiscated, allegedly for participating in the Polish uprising against the oppression of the Russian Empire, which took place in 1863.
However, some sources say that the reason for the confiscation of land from the father of the future artist was not political at all, but economic. It was as a result of the confiscations that Zhukovsky’s father, however, like most of the Belarusian-Polish gentry, could not keep his estate intact and was forced to become a tenant.
Already in 1892, despite the protests of his father, the future artist went to study in Moscow, where he studied painting in Levitan and graduated from the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, after which he took part in a number of exhibitions, where he first declared himself to be high level painter.
The painting entitled “Forest” was painted by him back in 1900 and its creation coincides with the general recognition of Zhukovsky as one of the most famous and most professional landscape painters who worked in the impressionist direction. The picture shows a birch grove, in the background of which clouds run into the distance. The sun shines through the trees, illuminating the green grass in the meadow near the trees.
The work affects the viewer soothingly and positively, being, in essence, one of the results of the artist’s long journeys through Central Russia, where he gained inspiration to create his paintings.
Composing By Picture Bouquet Of Flowers