European Art Techniques in Landscapes by A.P. Bogolyubov
From the first solo exhibition of the marine painter A.P. Bogolyubov, who had returned from his scholarship trip abroad, it became evident that the style of his works draws from the latest European trends. The artist was able to visit several countries, thus going, similarly to well-off travelers, on a grand European tour. His acquaintance in Düsseldorf with A. Achenbach, A. Kalam in Switzerland and E. Izabe in Paris had significantly enriched his painting techniques. He was deeply influenced by the artists of the Barbizon School and especially by Corot, acknowledged for the “compositional integrity of his works and, at the same time, for his painting that expresses the elusive fineness and loveliness of tones substituting one another and the blurred contours”. Bogolyubov considered Julien Dupré and C.-F. Daubigny, who were not only his associates in the creative process, but friends as well, to be “profound landscapers”.
Key words: A.P. Bogolyubov, scholarship trip, artists of the Barbizon School, landscape, sketch, plain air vision.