Передвижники, or Ambulant painters, is a painting movement which took place in Russia, from 1863 to the 1890’s. It’s a realist, social and historic aesthetic, that is in osmosis with the whole artistic spirit in Russia in the XIXth century. And not only artistic : philosophical as well. These years are Herzen’s, Tchernyveski’s, Bakounine’s ones. As the country’s unrest reflects in Dostoievski’s or Tourgueniev’s literature, so does it in the Ambulants’ paintings.
Among them, we can quote Ilya Repine, Vassili Sourikov, Nikolaï Yarochenko, Vladimmir Makovski…
All these paintings can be read as Russia’s exhausted face, commotion and hope… And, above all, incertaintly.