Sychkov became a successful portraitist. The girl laughs coquettishly wearing traditional Russian dress. The sitter is possibly Mordovian and Sychkov felt a strong loyalty to his local region and culture.
Oil on canvas
49 × 58 cm; 19¼ × 22¾ in.
Fedot Vasiliyevich Sychkov is a Russian artist, who has specialised in landscape and genre painting. In 1892, he was accepted into the Drawing School of the St Petersburg Society for the Benefit of Artists. Between 1885 and 1900 he was a pupil at the Academy of Arts and also had private instruction from Ilya Repin before reaching the official status of “artist” in 1900. From 1905 he took part in annual exhibitions at the Academy of Arts, St Petersburg Artists Society and later at numerous exhibitions around the Soviet Union. His works are in the collections of the State Russian Museum, the S.D Erzia’s Mordovia State Museum of Fine Art, as well as private collectors.