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Korsh’s Private Theatre

In April 1892 Levitan ran into Chekhov in front of Korsh’s Theatre and demanded an explanation why the writer had caricatured him and his mistress Sophia Kuvshinikova in his story “The Grasshopper.” Chekhov sharply replied that he didn’t owe him … Continue reading

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Along Malaya Dmitrovka Street

In Moscow it’s still possible to imagine what it was like to walk its streets in the late 19th century. Today, I strolled up Malaya Dmitrovka, a street closely associated with Chekhov throughout his life. I used as my guide, … Continue reading

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Levitan at the Tretyakov Gallery

I decided to take a break from the archives and go see the Levitan paintings at the Tretyakov. In 1879 the business magnate and art patron Pavel Tretyakov paid 100 rubles for Levitan’s painting “Autumn Day, Sokolniki,” which he saw … Continue reading

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Levitan’s Studio

On Sunday I visited Levitan’s home and studio on Tryokhsvyatitelny (Three Prelates) Lane. In 1889 Sergei Morozov, a wealthy Moscow entrepreneur, gave Levitan the use of a wing of his grand mansion located in a fashionable, secluded part of the … Continue reading

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