Born just outside of Kiev, 19th century artist Mykola Pymonenko spent most of his career portraying the land and people of his native Ukraine.
He became a member of the Russian Imperial Academy of Arts, but also exhibited with the more progressive Society of South Russian Artists and the Peredvizhniki. (See my Lines and Colors posts on some of the Peredvizhniki.)
Pymonenko’s paintings of peasant life set their work against the backdrop of fields and farms, as well as scenes of village life. He was adept at portraying scenes in twilight and evening light.
Pymonenko was also an illustrator, teacher and portrait artist.