SUNDAY Feature on ART of Architecture -by Gautam Shah
Fyodor Yakovlevich Alekseyev (1753-1824, Saint Petersburg) was a Russian painter. He received early training at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. He in 1773 went to Venice to study landscape style. Tsar Paul-I assigned him to create vedute of the streets and architecture in Moscow. To paint places visited by Catherine the Great he travelled to Kherson, Mykolaiv, Bakhchysarai, Oryol and other locations in the south.
Along with his pupils, 58 paintings of the architecture of Moscow were produced. The scenes of Moscow reflect a warm, sunny atmosphere full of people. His Landscape paintings mostly relate to architecture as seen from a distance. He once worked in stage craft and was a teacher of perspectives, both of which gets reflected in his in his art. His scapes devote more than 50% space for skies, which he used for experimenting colour effects.
Fyodor Alekseyev was an excellent Russian painter of landscapes. His contemporaries often called him the Russian Canaletto, in recognition of his masterful vedute.