Andrei Schilder

Andrei Nikolaievich Schilder, Russian landscape painter
Andrei Nikolaievich Schilder, a Russian landscape painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was a student of landscape master Ivan Shishkin — and it shows.

Like his teacher, Schilder’s dense forests and pastoral fields are rich with texture, and conveyed with a deft handling of value and contrasts of form. Also in common with Shishkin, Schilder often plays with theatrical elements of daylight — late afternoon or early morning sun — that illuminate parts of trees to dramatic effect.

Schilder has a more open and gestural treatment of foliage, however, and often a rougher textural approach to rocks and tree trunks.

Information and sources for Schilder’s work on the internet — at least in English — are still scattered and less common than one might hope for a painter of his abilities, but there are a few sources available.

This piece on Upsala Auctions is very high-resolution (use the zoom and full-screen icons), and shows his technique in detail (image above, bottom with detail).


4 Replies to “Andrei Schilder”

  1. Ah, one of my favorites and too bad his work is so sparse online.
    There are six of his paintings on Gallerix 200 Russian (900 Classic russian paintings) three of which you posted here.
    Your 10th pic from the top down, I have never seen and I must say does not even look like it belongs to Schilder.
    Scroll down almost to the bottom just above, appropriately enough, Shiskin.
    You can find his page by using the ‘About artists’ link at top, where he is listed as ‘Shilder, Andrey’, but that puts the text into Russian.
    Oddly, using the ‘Russian artists (in archive)’ link or the ‘archive’ link (after you have hovered pointer over the ‘Paintings’ thingy) at the top his name is missing (?).
    Well, I guess despite all the difficulty finding some artists online, the poor function/navigation of some sites and the language translation challenges we may have never heard of him at all if we still relied only on books pre-internet.

  2. Thanks, David. The 10th image gave me pause as well, but it looks like his signature, so I left it in (also, I like it).

    Thanks, also, for the link to the site, from which I’ve gotten his name in Russian characters! I’ve searched by that and added some links to the list.

  3. Thanks, Clara. Yes that kind of information is certainly useful — and it is available through the links I provide at the end of each post. The images I post are just meant to be examples of what is available (usually, considerably larger and with many additional images as well as additional information) by following the links at the end of the posts. I put a good bit of effort into finding and providing the links.

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