Alexis Mathew Podchernikoff (1866 - 1933)
Moonlight Night, Ojai Valley, California, 1929
Oil on canvas
36 x 28 inches
Signed and dated at lower left:: A. M. Podchernikoff 1929
Period Arts & Crafts frame
Alexis Matthew Podchernikoff was born in Vladimir, Russia in 1886 into a family of artists. He first studied art with his grandfather Dmitri Zolotarieff and later with Ilya Repin and Verestchagin. In Moscow he was awarded a gold medal and his work My Beloved Russian Woods was purchased by the Royal Art Commission. After the Russo-Japanese War, he immigrated to the United States in 1905 and settled in San Francisco.
In 1913 an art dealer from Santa Barbara convinced Podchernikoff to move there. A painting of his Santa Barbara studio appeared on the front cover of Literary Digest, March 10, 1928. Although he spent the last 20 years of his life in southern California, he returned often to San Francisco to paint scenes of Marin and the northern coast.
He is well known in California for his landscapes á la Corot. His last years were spent in Pasadena where he died of tuberculosis on October 31, 1933.