The studio of Taras Grigorievich Shevchenko in the building of the Academy if Fine Arts was restored in 1964 to mark the 150-year anniversary of the great Ukrainian poet and artist. The studio occupies a small room with entresol. It is here where Shevchenko worked during the last St. Petersburg period of his life from 1858 to 1861. Here he created his best eau-fortes.
Memorial studio of T.G. Shevchenko is the only museum exposition in St. Petersburg displaying the work of the Ukrainian artist.
The studio was recreated on the basis of the memoirs of his contemporaries (writers N. Leskov, I. Turgenev, Shevchenko's friend and the artist Mikeshin).
Memorial exposition is devoted first of all to the career of Shevchenko – an artist. It shows his early works, made long before entering the Academy – watercolor portraits, as well as the sketches of historical compositions by the task of the drawing school of the Artist Encouragement Society, where Shevchenko attended a preparatory course and got a recommendation to enter the main art school in Russia of that time. The exposition contains the copies of paintings (Self-Portrait of 1840-1841, “Katerina”, 1842) and graphic works of the master (sheets from the “The Picturesque Ukraine” series, 1844), made during the period of his studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, reproductions of water-colors and drawings of the last years of exile (“Self-Portrait with a Kazakh Boy”, “Novopetrovskoye Fortification from Khivinskaya Road” and others). The late period of T.G. Shevchenko’s artistic career is represented by the portraits of artists who worked in the Academy at that time – P. K. Klodt, F.P. Tolstoy, F.A. Bruni. They all are performed in the eau-forte technique – having returned from exile, T.G. Shevchenko turned to the etching technique. In 1860 he was awarded the title of academician with respect to this kind of art for the compositions “Parable on a Wine-Grower” (from Rembrandt’s picture) and “Bathsheba” (from the picture of K.P. Bryullov), which are also exhibited in the memorial studio.
As T.G. Shevchenko began to write poetry professionally also when he was an Academy student, in the showcases one can see rare early editions of his literary works.
The copies of archival documents placed in showcases cover the main stages of the artist’s biography: One can see here the register abstract on the birth of T.G. Shevchenko, the document on the release from serfdom on 22 April 1838, Academy leaving certificate and others. The exposition is supplemented by three albums on the stands, containing graphic and written materials showing successively the artistic career of Shevchenko-artist, as well as paintings and sculptures devoted to him. In the last showcase one can see the gifts of admirers of the great Ukrainian poet and artist – the publications of his poetry, memorial medals, objects of applied arts.
Excursions are held in the memorial studio.
The studio is open for visitors on Thursdays from 11:00 to 17:00. The tickets can be bought at the museum ticket-office.
For details call: 323 64 96, 328 19 41
Currently the exposition is closed.