Pavel Fedotov Paintings
Pavel Fedotov (1815-1852) is the initiator of the critical trend in Russian painting. Considering it his paramount task to portray the mores of the contemporary society, he lashed out at the greed, hypocrisy, and intellectual paucity of officialdom, the merchant class and the petty aristocracy. Exhibited is one of his best known works, A Marriage of Convenience. An impoverished major seeks to better himself by a profitable match. We see a match-maker in the sitting room of a wealthy merchant family, while the prospective bridegroom waits jauntily in the doorway.