1834, d. Kondrakova Laishevsky County Kazan province - 1902, Nice

Prisoners’ Rest


The hardest and longest road is the one that leads to penal servitude. Children, old men and the sick often found it impossible to cover the thousands of miles to Siberia. Valery Jacoby s picture conveys the harsh sufferings of convicted people. The painting elicited a lively response from his contempo¬raries. The canvas won the artist fame, popularity and the official recognition of the Imperial Acade¬my of Arts, which awarded him a major gold medal.

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