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Self-Portrait, 1883

Ivan Fomich Khrutsky (Russian: Иван Фомич Хруцкий; Polish: Jan Chrucki; Belarusian: Іван Хруцкі; 1810-1885) was a Russian-Polish painter known by his still lifes and portraits.

He was born Ivan Fomich Khrutsky into a family descended from Polish gentry in the village of Ula, Vitebsk Gubernia (currently Belarus). In 1827, Khrutsky came to St. Petersburg and in 1830 entered the Imperial Academy of Arts.

His first known works are dated 1832. The paintings gradually gathered public and critical acclaim. Khrutsky also worked as an interior designer, and became a popular amongst the wealthy home owners. In 1836, Khrutsky was awarded the Major Silver medal of the Academy for his still-lifes. Khrutsky also executed nice genre pictures and portraits. Old Woman Knitting a Sock, brought him the Minor Gold medal of the Academy. In 1839 he was awarded the title of the Academician.

After his father’s death in 1840 Khrutsky left St. Petersburg forever and settled in the family estate Zakharenichi (Zacharniczy), Polotsk region. This period was one of commissioned religious art, mostly from Lithuania. Besides religious paintings he also worked on portraits, such as I.I. Glazunov's, Joseph Semashko's, Mikolaj Malinowski's and others. He died in 1885.

Literature

Kuznecow S. Malarz Jan Chrucki. Portret XIX-wiecznego 'artysty srednego'// Biuletyn historii sztuki. R. LX: 1998. nr.1-2. S.49-67.

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