Mykola Pymonenko

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Mykola Kornylovych Pymonenko (Ukrainian: Микола Корнилович Пимоненко), sometimes spelt Nikolai Kornilovich Pimonenko (Russian: Николай Корнилович Пимоненко, Nikolay Kornilovich Pimonenko) (9 March 1862, Priorka near Kiev, Russian Empire – 26 March 1912, Kiev, Russian Empire) was a Russian-Ukrainian painter. A member of the Imperial Academy of Arts since 1904 and of a progressive Peredvizhniki artistic movement.

A number of Pymonenko's paintings are, in fact, generalized portraits which are the embodiment of a popular ideal of the working man. Majority of his paintings depict in depth daily life in Ukraine at the end of 19th and beginning of the 20th century.[1] The artist turned to the themes of peasant labour and celebrations depicting typical scenes from everyday life often against the backdrop of a landscape.

Pymonenko illustrated several of Taras Shevchenko'sworks. He also took part in painting of the murals in Saint Volodymyr's Cathedral in Kiev.[2]

Since the end of 19th century Mykola Pymonenko taught art in a number of Kyiv institutions. His students included Kazimir Melevich.

Pymonenko died in March 1912. He was buried at the Lukyanivka Cemetery, Kyiv. His posthumous exhibition at the Academy of Arts, which took place in early 1913 featured 184 paintings, 419 sketches and 112 pencil drawings. Overall, Pymonenko's heritage encompasses over a thousand works, including hundreds of completed paintings.

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