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VASILY TROPININ Lace Maker Silver Coin 5$ Cook Islands 2010


Famous Vasily Tropinin masterpiece, "The Lace Maker", oil on canvas, is depicted on this Silver 925 coin. Cook Islands issued this special coin to honor one of the major Russian artists active in the first half of the XIX century.

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Vasily Andreevich Tropinin
Vasily Andreevich Tropinin (1776 – 1857) was a Russian Romantic painter. He was born as a serf of Count A. Munich and then was given as a part of Munich's daughter's dowry to Count I. Morkov. Although his artistic talent and desire to paint were expressed early, he was sent by Count Morkov to St. Petersburg to learn to be a confectioner. During those years Tropinin managed to attend now and then free drawing lessons in the Academy of Arts, until in 1799, at the age of 23, he was sent by his owner to study art in the Academy.
He took lessons from S. S. Schukin. In 1804 his work Boy Grieving for a Dead Bird was exhibited in the Annual Academy of Arts exhibition and was noted by Russian Empress. The President of the Academy of Arts Count Stroganoff was going to intercede on behalf of Tropinin to get him freedom. Count Morkov, afraid of losing such a valuable possession, urgently recalled Tropinin from St. Petersburg to his Ukrainian estate Kupavka. There the artist was crudely reminded that he was only a slave. He was appointed a confectioner and a lackey, also he had to copy the works of European and Russian painters and produce portraits of the Morkovs. During the following years (1804-1821) in Ukraine, with occasional travels with the Morkovs to Moscow Tropinin continued to study art. He created a lot of portraits, landscapes and genre pictures.
In 1821, Tropinin with the family of Count I. Morkov moved to Moscow. Although Tropinin was still a serf, he was well known as a talented artist and his friends continued to persuade Count Morkov to give him freedom. In 1823, at the age of 47, Tropinin was finally released from bondage. In the same year he submitted the pictures The Lace-Maker (1823), Old Beggar (1823), Portrait of E. O. Skotnikov (1821) and later Portrait of K. A. Leberecht (1824) to the Academy of Arts and was nominated an academician.
The following years were the most prolific for Tropinin. He settled in Moscow and opened up his own art studio. Already the well known artist he continued to paint portraits. His models ranged from peasants to the members of the most noble Russian families.
Tropinin died on 3rd of May, 1857 and was buried in Moscow.

The Lace Maker
This painting is a example of the new type of work created by the artist: genre portraits. These are depictions not of a specific person but generalized, idealized human types. The nice-looking young girl is staring archly at the viewer. Her movements and figure are full of grace. The image of a young and charming simple person linked with the traditions of Sentimentalism embodies the poetry of simplicity and pleasant home life. In The Lace-maker, Tropinin has showed an interest in the milieu surrounding man. The still life with scissors in the foreground is interesting to the artist no less than his sitter. The general olive tone of the painting shows noble restraint. The texture of the painting becomes dense and acquires enamel brilliance.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2010
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)25
  • Size (mm)30 x 38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
This coin shows the oil on canvas "The Lace Maker" painted by Tropinin in 1823. Two real gold wires are inserted in the coin. The work is currently owned by the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.
The reverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II profile.