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Alexander Kremer – Black Cock on Log

Size:97 x 97 cm

Medium:Oil on Canvas

£6,500.00

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About This Work

Kremer was born on July 21, 1958 in St. Petersburg.  His grandfather, Veniaman Kremer, was a professional artist and worked at the St. Petersburg Academy of Art with Ilya Repin and later Aleksandr Lyubimov.  Alexander Kremer graduated from the Mukhina Art Institute in 1981. While there, he participated in many student exhibitions during the time of Perestroika.  In 1991, he was accepted into the St. Petersburg Union of Artists, the largest official organization of artists.

Kremer was very much inspired by Russian and Scandinavian landscape masters in his youth. He later met several great Soviet artists, and remembers painting en plein air with Boris Ugarov, the famous Leningrad master and President of the Leningrad Academy of Art.  He attributes his “secret of the birch tree” to Ugarov.

“My paintings of a small village in the snow or of a lonely horse on the road are not just Russian scenes. All people – wherever they are – have seen such motifs in their lifetimes. It is good that everyone can find my winter scenes somewhere in a personal memory. These “simple” themes stir emotions and create a music to which we all can listen. I do enjoy painting moonlight scenes.”