Arkhip Ivanovitch Kouïndji, famous painter, was born on January 27, 1842 in Mariupol (Ukraine).

Google celebrates the 180 years of the artist in its doodle of the day, thus paying homage to this precursor of Impressionism.

Arkhip Kouïndji combined the art of painting with his discoveries in physics and chemistry, explains Google on his blog.

This is how he perfected a new painting technique that gave landscapes a new aesthetic.

Today's #GoogleDoodle celebrates Russian landscape artist Arkhip Kuindzhi 🖼



A lover of the nature, Kuindzhi left academia behind to paint sprawling scenes of the Russian countryside & co-found his own society of nomadic artists 🎨



Learn more here → https://t.co /xa1aG2dD1L pic.twitter.com/o2TzWXkzCu

— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) January 27, 2022

too forward thinking

Born into a family of shoemakers and goldsmiths, nothing predestined Arkhip Kouïndji to art.

But from childhood the artist developed an interest in drawing.

A merchant he worked for spotted his talent and encouraged him to apprentice to the painter Ivan Aivazovsky, popular for his maritime works.

The latter, however, refused.

Arkhip Kouïndji therefore joined the Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg (Russia), where he took courses on the physical effects of light with the Russian chemist Dmitrii Mendeleev.

He did not finish his course, tired of the rigid methods and traditions taught there.

🎨Prominent #Russian landscape painter Arkhip #Kuindzhi was born #OTD in 1842



🖼️He was known for masterfully using light effects and intense colours, developing a new painting technique



🖌️@GoogleDoodles posted a doodle on the search engine's launch page on his 180th Birthday pic .twitter.com/OtN8B6pvfA

— Russian Embassy in Sri Lanka (@RusEmbSriLanka) January 27, 2022

Accused of cheating on lighting

He then took up painting landscapes, before co-founding the Society of Itinerant Artists in 1870. Ten years later he painted his most famous canvas: 

Moonlight on the Dnieper

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In the same year, he organized a very special exhibition featuring only this painting, reports 

Russia Beyond

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With his methods and his new style, Arkhip Kouïndji found it difficult to convince.

Audiences called him a hoaxer, accusing him of using hidden lighting to give his works such a look.

The painter died of pneumonia on July 11, 1910, at the age of 68.

Several of his paintings can now be seen at his home in Saint Petersburg in a museum bearing his name.

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