Born in the village of Istobenskoye in Vyatka province in 1870. Died in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) in 1939. Rylov studied in St. Petersburg, at the Technical Design School of Baron Schtiglitz, the Graphic Art School of the Society for the Promotion of Artists, and at the Academy of Arts under A.I. Kuindzhi. After completing his studies, he traveled across Germany, France and Austria. He instructed the animal painting class at the Graphic Art School. In 1915, he became Academician of Painting. Rylov was a member of the “World of Art” association, the Union of Russian Artists, and later, a member of the association of artists of revolutionary Russia. Rylov’s painting combines the realism of portraying nature with romanticizing the image, and therefore the works he created during the revolution were interpreted symbolically: the theme of boundless expanse, a rough sea and strong wind were associated with “the winds of the revolution.” The artist not only supported the October revolution, but also became an active proponent of Soviet art. Later, during 1920–1930s, Rylov’s works became emphatically decorative.

Sunset - 1917, oil on canvas. Smolensk State Museum-Reserve
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