Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Back in 1904 young painter Boris Smirnov was sent by prisoner transport to Siberia; and his path went along the Great Siberian Tract. On his way he was making sketches of settlers and locals of this distant region, as well as of their way of life and Siberian landscape and eventually lining up a whole series of drawings and water-colour paintings.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

‘Dukhobor’ prisoner.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Krasnoyarsk’s babushka.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Porch above the Irtysh in Omsk.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Some girl in a Mordovian suit.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Bashkir village.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Civil servant of Irkutsk regional court.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Settlers’ children.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Witchdoctor from the Siberian village of Novoabdulino.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Old bell chamber.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Janitor in the streets of Irkutsk.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Christmas-tree in some rich family house.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Christmas-tree in a hospital.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Firry taiga in Irkutsk region.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Irkutsk woman of fashion.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Prisoner.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Irkutsk noblewomen, friends since they were at college.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Hut in Ural.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Explorers of then-unexplored lands.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Krasnoyarsk tradeswoman.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Krasnoyarsk Cossack.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Krasnoyarsk tradesman.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Some other tradespeople.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Moonlight night.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Monk that is trying to gather some money to build a church in Irkutsk.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Bridge cross the Irkut river.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

On the Baikal shore.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

At the dacha.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Prison train-car drives some criminals to Siberian woods.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Omsk. Solicitor

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Easter Sunday and lots of snow; Irkutsk.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Beautiful Siberian forest.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Some settlers.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Train in Ural mountains, near the city of Zlatoust.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Nobleman, Irkutsk.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Fire in taiga woods, Krasnoyarsk region.

Siberia in the Early 20-th Century

Ice-holes on the Irkut river.

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23 thoughts on “Siberia in the Early 20-th Century”

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  1. It’s wonderful to have this artistic record of that region and people over 100 years later. I hope we see more of this artist’s work.

  2. Some really beautiful work. I really wish I could do something like this. One looked almost like an old photo.

  3. These are beautiful. As an artist myself, I am thoroughly impressed. I love the integration of materials and the tone of the series.

  4. Beautiful Artist very natural.
    All of his paintings are beautiful but the one I like most is Moonlight Night in which he used the shade of light brilliantly.

    Not only his paintings are beautiful but it gives the inside of live of the peoples of that era in Siberia region.

  5. “Christmas-tree in some rich family house.”

    this picture cant be “early 20. century” because the boy is carrying a PPSh submachine gun, that was developed in 1940. i dont think, these appeared as toys before late 40’s.

    of course, there is a light possibility, this is a similar “suomi” SMG, that was developed 10 years earlier, but then thi picture is certainly NOT of siberia but rather finland.

    but still i’m pretty sure, this is PPSh due to its shape.

  6. I think that the picture with the boy with the PPSH accidentially slipped in, all the rest seems very beginning of 20th century, because of the special glasses, and well, around the 1940s there weren’t any Russian noblemen and tradesmen left…

  7. Well, one could certainly speculate whether the most of the pictures are Siberia or not, but the one with the man collecting money in front of the chirch is DEFINITELY Irkutsk. I do recognize the chirch, it’s still standing there.

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