Rural Ukraine at the break of 20th century as seen by landscape painters

"Ukrainian Evening" by Yosyp Krachkovskyi, 1889.  

Culture, Ukraine


Editor’s Note

Nowadays you can hardly find a place that has never been depicted in photographs. Some of the locations have become so popular among Instagram-bloggers that authorities have to take protective measures. But how life and surroundings looked like when photography started to emerge?

Here is a compilation of drawings by landscape painters showing life in Ukraine in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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“Tonia at Dnipro” by Mykola Serhyiyiv, 1889.


“Ford” by Mykola Pymonenko, 1901.


“Haymakers’ by Volodymyr Orlovskyi, 1878.


“View From the Outskirts of Kharkiv” by Oleksandr Kiseliov, 1875.


“Pond’ by Andriy Kyseliv, 1892.


“A Village in Winter” by Petro Levchenko, 1890.


“Winter in the Village of Opishnya” by Serhii Vasylkyvskyi, 1900.


“A Ukrainian Hut” by Ilya Repin, 1888.


“Winter Night” by Ivan Velts, 1898.


“Ice on Dnipro” by Ivan Aivazovsky, 1872.


“Ukrainian Landscape with Huts” by Volodymyr Makovskyi, 1911.

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“Sunset over the river” by Volodymyr Orlovskyi, 1890.


“Dusk is falling” by Mykola Pimonenko, 1900.


“Outskirts of Poltava” by Serhiy Vasylkivskyi, 1893.


“Kozak’s Household” by Serhiy Vasylkivskyi, around 1880–1890.


“Haymaking” by Mykola Pimonenko, prior to 1912.


“Wedding Ransom” by Kostiantyn Trutovskyi, 1881.


“Ukrainian landscape with chumaks in the moonlight” by Ivan Aivazovsky, 1869.

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