Professor Blois comments on Falconet's Bronze Horseman:
My favorite image of the Bronze Horseman is Surikov's painting of it with St Isaac's in the background on a cold, moonlit night. This painting was exhibited in DC (@ the Renwick, which housed the exhibition "Russian painting 1850-1910" which was on view in 1986 and had been delayed from its original 1980 show date by the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan).
Vasilii Surikov, Monument to Peter the Great on Senate Square,
oil on canvas, 1870, The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.
Bronze Horseman image appears everywhere in Russian, even here,
on one of my favorite chocolate bars.
Speaking of Falconet's Bronze Horseman. While Étienne Maurice Falconet (1716-1791) did the famous statue, his only son, Pierre-Étienne Falconet, (1741-1791), was an engraver who painted the following portrait of Catherine II.
Pierre-Etienne Falconet, Portrait of Catherine II, 1773, Hillwood Museum
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