Category Archives: Homes and Museums

Five Stolen Levitan Paintings Recovered

The Russian Interior Ministry announced on 28 December 2016 that all five paintings stolen from the Levitan House-Museum in Plyos in August 2014 have been recovered in two raids on the outskirts of Moscow and Nizhni-Novgorod. The five paintings–“Ravine Behind … Continue reading

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Levitan’s Last Visit to Yalta

Levitan arrived at Chekhov’s newly constructed “White Dacha” in Yalta on December 24, 1899 to celebrate Christmas and the dawn of a new century. One day during his visit, Levitan was sitting on the couch in front of the fireplace … Continue reading

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Itinerant Painters Group Portrait 1899

While organizing my notes for the chapter covering 1899, I came across the following chronological listing: “March 6. Levitan was photographed in St. Petersburg in a group of 19 Itinerant painters.” I went online to find the photograph using the … Continue reading

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Levitan: Professor of Art

While Levitan is not well known outside of Russia, there is a small group of people in the U.S. and abroad who have long been inspired by his work: plein air painters. Unfortunately it’s very rarely possible to see his … Continue reading

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Chekhov’s Restaurants

The Hermitage, located on the corner of Petrovsky Boulevard and Neglinnaya Street, was one of Moscow’s most fashionable restaurants and a favorite among Chekhov’s circle of friends. On February 6, 1895 Maria Chekhova found herself having dinner with the writer … Continue reading

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Melikhovo

By early 1892 Chekhov had a sufficiently substantial income to finally act on his long-standing desire to buy a country home. In February, on his behalf, his brother Mikhail bought Melikhovo, nearly 600 acres of birch woods and pasture with … Continue reading

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Abramtsevo

In early June 1885, Levitan left Chekhov’s dacha at Babkino for Savva Mamontov’s estate at Abramtsevo accompanied by the painter Victor Vasnetsov. The railroad baron Mamontov had turned Abramtsevo, located about 40 miles from Moscow, into an artist’s colony. The … Continue reading

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