Taras Shevchenko by Vasyl Ilyich Kassian

Taras Shevchenko by Vasyl Ilyich Kassian

Taras Shevchenko

Vasyl Ilyich Kassian

Title

Taras Shevchenko

 
Artist
Year
1963  
Technique
linocut 
Image Size
12 5/8 x 11 3/4" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
pencil signed and dated 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
8951 
Price
SOLD
Description

Vasyl Kassian, a Soviet era artist, worked in the graphic arts where he produced a number of images that had to do with the great Ukrainian writer Taras Shevchenko and his circle. This profile portait of the poet depicts the revolution in the background. A similar print, in reverse, done in 1960, is illustrated in the 1963 catalogue 'Soviet Graphic Arts' and listed on page 36.

Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) was a Ukrainian poet, artist and humanist. His literary heritage is regarded to be the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature and, to a large extent, the modern Ukrainian language. Shevchenko also wrote in Russian and left many masterpieces as a painter and an illustrator.

In 1847 he was convicted by Czar Nicholas of writing in the Ukrainian language and imprisoned in St. Petersburg, force to march to Orenburg where he was assigned to a ship exploring the Aral Sea. He was granted amnesty in 1857.