The unremarkably-looking grove near Semyonovka village is actually quite an interesting location culture- and nature-wise. The grove is over 150 years old. The small piece of land on the banks overgrown with willow trees is known far across Tambov land thanks to the painting by Mstislav Dobuzhinsky who depicted the grove on his canvas during one of his visits to Semyonovka.
Mstislav Dobuzhinsky is a painter of the early XX century. His life was closely-connected to Tambov land. As a teenager, he used to visit his mother in Semyonovka. Today, the part of Semyonovka village where his mother lived with his step-father is known as Mikhinsky settlement. Dobuzhinsky’s step-father, Mikhin, owned more than 60 dessiatinas of land.
At present, the painting picturing the grove is displayed in one of the London museums. The collection of Tambov regional art gallery includes Dobuzhinsky’s other original painting – “Lviv of 1915”. You can see some copies of Dobuzhinsky’s sketches in Inzhavino museum of local history.
Only a small part of the grove has remained well-kept. Many trees were cut down during the war and the 90s.