On 08 June 2010 at Christie's auction house in London, the original work was
sold for the price of $1,116,951 (SALE 7906, LOT
Mikhail Konstantinovich Clodt (1832–1902) was a Russian realistic painter.
He learnt drawing at the Saint Petersburg Mining Cadet Corps, then at the Imperial Academy of
Arts (1851–1858). After receiving a Large Galod Medal he received scholarship for three years to
study painting in France, Switzerland and Italy but abandoned his foreign trip in a year. He
complained that the foreign landscapes would not inspire him and that French and Italian school of
painting is inferior to Russian one. After returning Clodt got permissions to use the rest of the
scholarship funds in his travel over Russia.
In 1863 Clodt got recognition for his painting Highway in Autumn. Even higher praise was given
for his work In the field (1872) and the Forest view in the Midday (1878). Observers celebrated his
devotion to Russian landscape, attention to the details, stereoscopy of his works. On the other
hand popular art critic Vladimir Stasov noted petty naturalism and the "slavish following to
reality" in many Klodt works. As an example of such a work he stated Cows at Watering (1879). In
both his devotion to the Russian landscape and some petty naturalism Clodt was probably the
forerunner of Ivan Shishkin.