Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA 429F, Taras Shevchenko

Instructor:Maxim Tarnawsky121 St. Joseph St. Alumni Hall 403 416 926-1300 x3338FAX 416-926-2076

Taras Shevchenko painted many self-portraits and also depicted himself as a figure in a number of other works. These self-portraits and self-depictions offer another view of Shevchenko's creativity, of his projected self-image, and of his personality. The images collected here were scanned from printed sources, as identified below. No claim is made for the accuracy of the color reproduction or for the completeness or even significance of this selection.

By far the best published collection of Shevchenko's artwork is in the last four volumes of the Complete Collection of Shevchenko's works in 10 volumes that appeared in 1961 - 1964. (Please note, this edition is not the best source for his poetry and written works but, for want of a better edition, it is the best collection of his artwork.) The four volumes have been reproduced on-line in their entirety at the Izbornik web archive:

Another collection of Shevchenko's artwork is at the Taras Shevchenko State Museum, particularly its page of Shevchenko's Art.

1Shevchenko's earliest self-portrait. A student of the Academy of Art in St. Petersburg.
winter 1840 - 1841Oil. Canvas.
2Shevchenko in Iahotyn. This drawing was a gift to Varvara Repnina.
23-26 November 1843Pen & ink, paper.
3An unusually energetic and dignified Shevchenko. Potoky village, near Kyiv.
28 August 1845Pencil, paper.
4Shevchenko in the Uniform of the 3rd Company (3 P on the cap) of the Fifth Batalion. Ors'k Fortress.
23 June - December, 1847Pencil, paper.
5Shevchenko painting a friend. Raim.
19 June - 25 August 1848Sepia, paper.
6Shevchenko in Orenburg.
29 November 1849Sepia, paper.
7This self portrait was given to Shevchenko's Polish friend in Orenburg, Arkadiusz Wegrzynowski.
November 1849 - April 1850Sepia, paper.
7aDubious attribution to Shevchenko. In a White Cap. Note that this is an oil copy of the sepia image above.
November 1849 - April 1850Oil, paper.
7bDubious attribution to Shevchenko. In a White Cap. Another copy.
November 1849 - April 1850Oil, canvas.
7cDubious attribution to Shevchenko. In a Black Cap.
November 1849 - April 1850Oil, canvas.
8Orenburg. Mailed to Andrii Lyzohub.
29 November 1849Sepia, paper.
9Kara-Tau (Mangishlak peninsula) expedition. Inside a Kazakh kybytka. The two others are presumably Bronislaw Zalesky and Liudvik Turno.
July - August 1851Sepia, paper.
10During the Kara-Tau expedition.
July - August 1851Pencil, paper.
11Kazakh Beggar Children (Baihushi)
autumn 1853Sepia, paper.
12A gift to Iakiv Kukkharenko.
1851 - 1853Sepia, paper.
13Shevchenko and a Kazakh boy playing with a cat.
summer 1856 - April 1857Sepia, paper.
14In the Stocks. From the "Prodigal son" series. The seated figure holding a book in the shadows against the right wall is a self portrait of Shevchenko.
November 1856 - 10 May 1857Ink, paper.
15In the Barracks. The seated figure holding a book in the shadows against the right wall is a self portrait of Shevchenko, precisely as in the previous item, "In the Stocks."
November 1856 - 10 May 1857Ink, paper.
16This was a gift to Mykhailo Shchepkin, the actor, who visited Shevchenko in Nyzhnii Novgorod (Gorky) while Shevchenko was returning from exile.
28 November 1857Pencil, paper.
17Also in Nyzhnii Novgorod. A gift to Mykhailo Lazarevs'kyi.
4 January 1858Pencil, paper.
18In St. Petersburg.
1859Pencil, paper.
19Self portrait in a dark suit. St. Petersburg.
14 March 1860Etching, paper.
20Self portrait in a dark suit. St. Petersburg. Aquatint of the previous item.
14 March 1860Etching, aquatint, paper.
21Self portrait with a beard. St. Petersburg..
4 April 1860Etching, paper.
22Shevchenko by candlelight.
June 1860Aquatint etching, paper.
23 Self portrait in a light suit. St. Petersburg..
1860Etching, paper.
24With Fur Hat and Sheepskin Coat.
4 December 1860Etching, paper.
25The last self-portrait.
January-February 1860Oil, canvas.
26A nude self-portrait.

The sources of these images are as follows: Taras Shevchenko. Zhyvopys, Grafika. Al'bom. Kyiv: Mystetstvo, 1984. (Images: 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 10, 12, 15, 22, 24, 25.)
Taras Shevchenko. Povne zibrannia tvoriv v desiaty tomax. Vol 7-10. Kyiv: Academy of Science, 1963-64. (Images: 4, 5, 6, 6a, 6b, 6c, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23.)
Image 26 is reporduced from Krytyka, issue IV:9 (Sept. 2000).
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