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Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Pimen Orlov Self-portrait

Pimen Orlov. Self-portrait, 1851

Pimen Orlov was a Russian artist, painter, portraitist, master of genre scenes. He was born in 1812 in Voronezh Province, Russian Empire into a very poor family. Pimen was the son of a miller. Since early childhood the boy was fond of drawing. Parents, however, wanted their son to continue the family business. The peasant family could not pay for his education. But Pimen decided to devote his life to fine arts. As a teenager, he left his home and traveled around the country painting portraits of local landlords, decorating rooms and sometimes even painting roofs and floors. Pimen earned some money and in 1834 he entered the Imperial Academy of Arts. Outstanding Russian artist Karl Bryullov became his mentor. In the middle of the XIX century Bryullov was one of the most famous Russian portraitists and his paintings were highly valued.
Thanks to constant work on portraits the artist was awarded a silver medal of the 2nd degree in 1836. A year later, Pimen Nikitich finished his studies at the Academy with a silver medal of the first degree, which he received for portraits of Prince Golitsyn, Mrs. Timofeeva and the girl Essen.
Orlov went to Italy in 1841. During the time spent abroad the artist created a lot of wonderful pictures. Critics spoke warmly about his work. Part of his paintings Pimen sent to Russia.

In 1849, he was ordered to return to Russia, but the artist managed to convince the government to let him stay in Italy.
Later, in 1857, Orlov received the title of academician of portrait painting.
The painter had never returned to Russia. He died in Rome on September 24, 1865.
Most of the artist’s works are portraits and genre scenes from the life of Italians, but there are also works on historical themes and landscapes.
Most of his works remain in Italy and are in private collections of West European collectors. However, the painting Young Roman Woman At The Fountain and Italian Morning were bought by Emperor Nicholas I.
Currently Orlov’s paintings are in many museums in Russia and the CIS countries: Tretyakov Gallery, Tver Regional Art Gallery, Transcarpathian Regional Art Museum named after J. Bokshay (Ukraine) and others.
Portrait of Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin

Portrait of Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

girl with a fan

Girl with a fan, 1859, by Pimen Orlov

Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna Pimen Orlov

Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna

Grand Prince Mikhail of Tver Pimen Orlov

Farewell to Grand Prince Mikhail of Tver, 1847. Tver Regional Art Gallery

Ivan Balashov Pimen Orlov

Ivan Balashov

Maria Arkadyevna Beck Pimen Orlov

Maria Arkadyevna Beck, 1839. The State Tretyakov Gallery

Neapolitan Girl Pimen Orlov

Neapolitan Girl, 1839

October holiday in Rome Pimen Orlov

October holiday in Rome, 1851. The State Tretyakov Gallery

Portrait of sisters Pimen Orlov

Portrait of sisters: writer Salias de Tournemire, artist Sophia Vasilevna Sukhovo-Kobylina and Evdokia Vasilevna Petrovo-Solovovo

Scene of the Roman carnival Pimen Orlov

Scene of the Roman carnival, 1859. State Russian Museum

Sologub Sophia Mikhailovna Pimen Orlov

Sologub Sophia Mikhailovna

Unknown woman in Russian court dress Pimen Orlov

Unknown woman in Russian court dress, 1835. The Hermitage

Urban Landscape Pimen Orlov

Urban Landscape, 1850. Transcarpathian Regional Art Museum of Joseph Bokshay

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

A Safe Arrival on Shore

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Alexander Tretyakov, 1851, State Tretyakov Gallery

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Bibikov Sergey Dmitrievich, 1828 – not earlier than 1855

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Calabrian shepherds playing bagpipes. 1846

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Carl von Cube with a dog

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Countess Natalia Pavlovna Panina

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Italian shepherd boy with a flute

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Italian shepherd girl with a tambourine

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Ivan Aleksandrovich Balashov

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Loris-Melikov with his wife and Italian boy

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Natalia Vladimirovna Obolenskaya

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Portrait of an Unknown Man

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Portrait of Natalie Baggavut on a balcony with view on Mount Vesuvius, 1845

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Princess Z.A. Volkonskaya

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Sofia Vasilievna Orlova-Denisova, wife of V.P. Tolstoy, 1835, The State Hermitage Museum

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Sofya Nikolaevna Karamzina (1802-1856), the maid of honor, the daughter of N.M. Karamzin

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Unknown man from the Stroganoff Family

Russian painter Pimen Orlov

Young Italian Woman