J Pavlikevitch

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J. Pavlikevitch
Born Й. or Дж. Павликевич
Unknown, presumably Russian Empire
Died Unknown, presumably Turkey
Known for Watercolor painting
Movement Orientalism
Ancient Gate near Aya Sophia Mosque, Sultanahmet, with caption "Stamboul [1]916"

J. Pavlikevitch (Russian: Й. or Дж. Павлике́вич; active 1893–1936)[1] was a watercolor painter, putatively of Russian origin, who was active in Istanbul, Turkey,[a] in the early decades of the 20th century.


It is thought that he (or she) was part of a large number of civilians and members of the White Russian Army (collectively known as white émigrés) who, after struggling against the Bolsheviks in the Russian civil war following the Soviet Revolution, retreated to the South Crimea and then to Istanbul, where they stayed in the Imperial city until about 1925.[2] Shortly after, and with the help of charities and international organizations, they departed the city and emigrated to other countries.


"On the Bosphorus, at the Entrance to the Golden Horn," circa 1900.

Virtually nothing is known about this watercolor artist or his life. It is assumed, based on the dates of his works (1893–1936),[1] that he was one of the many 'old establishment' who fled Russia before or during the revolution and succeeding civil war. But aside from a few dozen watercolors, there is no other record of his life. It is not surprising, given the potentially chaotic nature of life in exile, that this mysterious character, with such a keen eye for observation and talent with watercolor, left us with not even his first name!

Known work[edit]

Works by this artist have been sold at many fine auction houses around the world (examples include Skinners, Bonhams, Christies), commanding high prices solely on the strength of his work and in spite of the fact that nothing is known about his life, training, or other accomplishments.

Examples of J. Pavlikevitch's work may be found in several books, including "Views of Russia & Russian Works on Paper",[3] plates 81–87, and "Russian Orientalism & Constantinople",[4] plates 61–66.


  1. ^ Then called Constantinople; the Byzantine-era parts of the city were known by some as Stamboul.


  1. ^ a b "Результаты поиска: Павликевич, И. / Работы / Графика (Search Results – Pavlikevitch J. / Works / Graphics)". Online Project "ARTinvestment.RU", dedicated to the Russian Art market. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  2. ^ Göçmen, Muammer. 2008. Mütareke yillarinda beyaz Ruslarin İstanbul'daki sürgün hayatlari (Exile Lives of White Russians in Istanbul during the Ceasefire Years). Review of the Faculty of Divinity, University of Süleyman Demirel, Year 2008/1, Number 20, İsmail Hakkı Göksoy, Editor. Süleyman Demirel Üniversitesi İlahiyat Fakültesi Dergi. SDÜ İlahiyat Fakültesi 32260 Isparta, Turkey. In: https://www.scribd.com/doc/22354023/Mehmet-Sait-Toprak-Oral-Torah-s-Transmission-Technique, pp. 199–216. ISSN 1300-9672.
  3. ^ Bolton, R. and E. Strachan. 2010. "Views of Russia & Russian Works on Paper." Plates 81–87. Sphinx Books, 125 Kensington Church Street, London W8 7LP. Views of Russia & Russian Works on Paper, 226 pp., ISBN 978-1-907200-05-2,
  4. ^ Strachan, E. 2009. "Russian Orientalism & Constantinople." Plates 61–66. Sphinx Books, 125 Kensington Church Street, London W8 7LP. Russian Orientalism & Constaninople, 226 pp., ISBN 978-1-907200-007,