Born in Chuguev in Kharkov province (now Ukraine) in 1844. Died in Kuokkala, Finland (now Repino, Leningrad region) in 1930. Repin studied under I.N. Kramskoy in St. Petersburg, at the Graphic Art School of the Society for the Promotion of the Arts, and later at the Academy of Arts. In 1873–1876, as a pensioner of the Academy, he traveled across Italy and France. In 1878, he joined the Association of Peredvizhniks, and became one of the leaders of this movement. The art critic A. Efros wrote, “His name is the first that comes to mind of all the Russian artists.” Repin was first and foremost a master of portrait, genre and historical painting, but in many of his paintings, landscape is also present as a background. Open-air painting that Repin came to know in France had a strong influence on him. At the end of the 1890s, he created a number of open-air portraits. Repin was not only a great painter, but also a remarkable teacher. He taught at the Academy of Arts during 1894–1907, and at the studio school of M.K. Tenisheva. V.A. Serov and B.M. Kustodiev were among his pupils. Repin spent the last 30 years of his life at his country estate “Penaty” Read More
Born in Chuguev in Kharkov province (now Ukraine) in 1844. Died in Kuokkala, Finland (now Repino, Leningrad region) in 1930. Repin studied under I.N. Kramskoy in St. Petersburg, at the Graphic Art School of the Society for the Promotion of the Arts, and later at the Academy of Arts. In 1873–1876, as a pensioner of the Academy, he traveled across Italy and France. In 1878, he joined the Association of Peredvizhniks, and became one of the leaders of this movement. The art critic A. Efros wrote, “His name is the first that comes to mind of all the Russian artists.” Repin was first and foremost a master of portrait, genre and historical painting, but in many of his paintings, landscape is also present as a background. Open-air painting that Repin came to know in France had a strong influence on him. At the end of the 1890s, he created a number of open-air portraits. Repin was not only a great painter, but also a remarkable teacher. He taught at the Academy of Arts during 1894–1907, and at the studio school of M.K. Tenisheva. V.A. Serov and B.M. Kustodiev were among his pupils. Repin spent the last 30 years of his life at his country estate “Penaty” in Kuokkala on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. Due to the change in Russian borders after the revolution, Repin found himself living in emigration. At the end of his life, the artist wrote his memoirs Far and Near.

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Beggar-Woman - 1874, oil on canvas. Irkutsk Regional Art Museum named after V. P. Sukachev

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Born in St. Petersburg in 1874. Died in Nagar, India in 1947. Roerich studied at the Academy of Arts and the studio of A.I. Kuindzhi (1893–1897), and later at the F. Cormon Academy in Paris (1900–1901). In 1903, the artist undertook an archeological and ethnographic trip across Russia. Roerich’s paintings of the 1900s are unique historical reconstructions of the old cities and way of life of heathen and early Christian Russia. The artist was a close associate of M. Tenisheva’s Talashkin workshops, and in 1911–1914 executed mosaics and murals in Flenov, not far from Talashkin (Smolensk province). Roerich also worked for the theater. In 1903, the artist joined the newly formed Union of Russian Artists, and in 1910–1915 headed the “World of Art” association. In 1909, Roerich became an academician, and was one of the most authoritative artists of the day. In 1919, Roerich lived in London and then in the USA where he established the Roerich Museum. In 1928, the artist departed for India, to the State of Punjab where he established the “Urusvati” Institute of Himalayan Research in Nagar. Combining art and science his entire lif Read More
Born in St. Petersburg in 1874. Died in Nagar, India in 1947. Roerich studied at the Academy of Arts and the studio of A.I. Kuindzhi (1893–1897), and later at the F. Cormon Academy in Paris (1900–1901). In 1903, the artist undertook an archeological and ethnographic trip across Russia. Roerich’s paintings of the 1900s are unique historical reconstructions of the old cities and way of life of heathen and early Christian Russia. The artist was a close associate of M. Tenisheva’s Talashkin workshops, and in 1911–1914 executed mosaics and murals in Flenov, not far from Talashkin (Smolensk province). Roerich also worked for the theater. In 1903, the artist joined the newly formed Union of Russian Artists, and in 1910–1915 headed the “World of Art” association. In 1909, Roerich became an academician, and was one of the most authoritative artists of the day. In 1919, Roerich lived in London and then in the USA where he established the Roerich Museum. In 1928, the artist departed for India, to the State of Punjab where he established the “Urusvati” Institute of Himalayan Research in Nagar. Combining art and science his entire life, Roerich wrote poetry, prose and memoirs, and engaged in public activity. His final years spent in India brought new heroes into the master’s paintings—Hindu and Buddhist gods—and new ideas into his philosophical literature—ideas of a single religion that united Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism.

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Most Joyous Place - 1911, tempera on paper. Smolensk State Museum-Reserve

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Born in Tula in 1884. Died in Moscow in 1963. Rozhdestvensky was a pupil of the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture where he studied from 1900 to 1910. He became one of the members of “The Jack of Diamonds” group. The painting of French cubists had a strong influence on the artist. He strived to establish cubist forms in his paintings through the forms of the objects themselves. At the beginning of the 1920s, Rozhdestvensky, like other members of the group, was guided by the art of the old masters, but at the end of the 1920s returned to the style of Realism. Landscapes of Altai territory and the Russian North are among the works he created at the end of the 1920s–1950s. Rozhdestvensky’s book Notes of an Artist came out in 1963.

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Siena - 1912, oil on canvas. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Born in Tula in 1884. Died in Moscow in 1963. Rozhdestvensky was a pupil of the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture where he studied from 1900 to 1910. He became one of the members of “The Jack of Diamonds” group. The painting of French cubists had a strong influence on the artist. He strived to establish cubist forms in his paintings through the forms of the objects themselves. At the beginning of the 1920s, Rozhdestvensky, like other members of the group, was guided by the art of the old masters, but at the end of the 1920s returned to the style of Realism. Landscapes of Altai territory and the Russian North are among the works he created at the end of the 1920s–1950s. Rozhdestvensky’s book Notes of an Artist came out in 1963.

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Siena - 1912, oil on canvas. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

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Born in Smolensk in 1899. Died in Moscow in 1994. Rybchenkov studied at the Kiev Art School in 1920–1921, at the St. Petersburg Academy of Art, and at the Higher State Art and Craft Shops in 1921–1925. His teachers there included the great masters of the Russian avant-garde Lyubov Popova, Alexander Drevin, Nadezhda Udaltsova and Alexander Shevchenko. Rybchenkov was one of the main participants of the exhibitions of “The Thirteen” group, which determined the face and style of this group. The rhythmical flowing space of his paintings, the free movement of the mass of color and the laconic brevity of his means of graphic expression can, in many ways, be attributed not only to the influence of Drevin’s painting, but also to the art of Vlaminka and Marquet. Rybchenkov’s ironic treatment of the subject portrayed makes his style recognizable. Urban landscape is one of the favorite genres of the artist.

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Born in Smolensk in 1899. Died in Moscow in 1994. Rybchenkov studied at the Kiev Art School in 1920–1921, at the St. Petersburg Academy of Art, and at the Higher State Art and Craft Shops in 1921–1925. His teachers there included the great masters of the Russian avant-garde Lyubov Popova, Alexander Drevin, Nadezhda Udaltsova and Alexander Shevchenko. Rybchenkov was one of the main participants of the exhibitions of “The Thirteen” group, which determined the face and style of this group. The rhythmical flowing space of his paintings, the free movement of the mass of color and the laconic brevity of his means of graphic expression can, in many ways, be attributed not only to the influence of Drevin’s painting, but also to the art of Vlaminka and Marquet. Rybchenkov’s ironic treatment of the subject portrayed makes his style recognizable. Urban landscape is one of the favorite genres of the artist.

Works
Buryatia, Landscape With Mountain - 1932, oil on canvas. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Taking a Stroll - 1933, oil on canvas. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

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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.

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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.

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

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Born in Moscow in 1830. Died in the same city in 1897. Savrasov takes first place among the Russian landscape painters of the second half of the 19th century. During 1844–1854, he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, and after that traveled across Europe and to the northern provinces of Russia. He frequently worked on the Volga. Savrasov’s early landscapes were romantic, but later, under the influence of firsthand observations of nature, the artist turned to non-idealized portrayals of Russian nature. The winter landscape genre began to develop in his work. He was one of the founders of the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions. At the first exhibition of the association in 1871, Savrasov exhibited his landscape The Rooks Have Arrived, which greatly impressed his contemporaries and ushered in the lyrical line in Russian landscape painting of the second half of the 19th century. From 1857 to 1882, Savrasov headed the landscape painting class at the Moscow School where he taught Polenov, Levitan and Korovin. These artists fervently took up the teacher’s call to “go to nature”; to paint from life and find the beautiful Read More
Born in Moscow in 1830. Died in the same city in 1897. Savrasov takes first place among the Russian landscape painters of the second half of the 19th century. During 1844–1854, he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, and after that traveled across Europe and to the northern provinces of Russia. He frequently worked on the Volga. Savrasov’s early landscapes were romantic, but later, under the influence of firsthand observations of nature, the artist turned to non-idealized portrayals of Russian nature. The winter landscape genre began to develop in his work. He was one of the founders of the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions. At the first exhibition of the association in 1871, Savrasov exhibited his landscape The Rooks Have Arrived, which greatly impressed his contemporaries and ushered in the lyrical line in Russian landscape painting of the second half of the 19th century. From 1857 to 1882, Savrasov headed the landscape painting class at the Moscow School where he taught Polenov, Levitan and Korovin. These artists fervently took up the teacher’s call to “go to nature”; to paint from life and find the beautiful and poetic in the most modest motif.

Works
A Country Scene - 1867, oil on canvas. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Winter Landscape - no date, oil on canvas. Samara Art Museum
The Pechersky Monastery Near Nizhny Novgorod - 1871, oil on canvas. Nizhny Novgorod State Museum of Art
The Rooks Have Arrived - 1871, oil on canvas. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

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Born in St. Petersburg in 1865. Died in Moscow in 1911. The son of a composer, Valentin Serov was immersed in the creative atmosphere of the Abramtsevo Circle from childhood. He lived in the home of S.I. Mamontov for long periods of time, knew many artists, and from the age of 10 began to study graphic art and painting under Repin. Serov studied at the Academy of Arts during 1880–1885. From 1894 to 1899, he was a member of the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions, and from 1899, a member of the “World of Art” association. Portrait painting came first in his creative work, but the history of Russian landscape art is inconceivable without his landscapes. In some of his early works, Serov combines portrait and landscape genres. Beginning in 1887, Serov taught at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, and in 1903 became a full member of the Academy. The artist left the ranks of the Academy in protest of the shooting up of a peaceful demonstration on 9 January 1905. Serov was a remarkable graphic artist, and in his later years did work for the theater.

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Born in St. Petersburg in 1865. Died in Moscow in 1911. The son of a composer, Valentin Serov was immersed in the creative atmosphere of the Abramtsevo Circle from childhood. He lived in the home of S.I. Mamontov for long periods of time, knew many artists, and from the age of 10 began to study graphic art and painting under Repin. Serov studied at the Academy of Arts during 1880–1885. From 1894 to 1899, he was a member of the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions, and from 1899, a member of the “World of Art” association. Portrait painting came first in his creative work, but the history of Russian landscape art is inconceivable without his landscapes. In some of his early works, Serov combines portrait and landscape genres. Beginning in 1887, Serov taught at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, and in 1903 became a full member of the Academy. The artist left the ranks of the Academy in protest of the shooting up of a peaceful demonstration on 9 January 1905. Serov was a remarkable graphic artist, and in his later years did work for the theater.

Works
A Pond - 1880, oil on canvas. Omsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts named after M. A. Vrubel
An Autumn Evening, Domotkanovo - 1886, oil on canvas. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Winter in Abramtsevo, Study - 1886, oil on canvas. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

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Born in Yelabuga in 1832. Died in St. Petersburg in 1898. Shishkin spent his childhood amidst the century-old forests and majestic rivers of the Ural and Volga regions and his love for these places remained with him throughout his life. He studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1852–1856) and at the Academy of Arts (1856–1860). Having been awarded the Academy’s Great Gold Medal, the artist received the right to travel abroad, and in 1864–1865 continued his education at the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts. Even his mature creative work is similar to the Düsseldorf School of landscape painting. Shishkin’s outlook on nature is that of a researcher, a scientist of the epoch of positivism. Striving toward authentic re-creation of nature, Shishkin thoroughly researched the object of portrayal, working from life for long periods of time. His nature studies resulted in outlines and small sketches that the master used in his work on monumental canvases. He became the creator of Russian epic landscape painting, and established the genre of forest landscape in Russian art. In 1870, Shishkin became a founding member of the Asso Read More
Born in Yelabuga in 1832. Died in St. Petersburg in 1898. Shishkin spent his childhood amidst the century-old forests and majestic rivers of the Ural and Volga regions and his love for these places remained with him throughout his life. He studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1852–1856) and at the Academy of Arts (1856–1860). Having been awarded the Academy’s Great Gold Medal, the artist received the right to travel abroad, and in 1864–1865 continued his education at the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts. Even his mature creative work is similar to the Düsseldorf School of landscape painting. Shishkin’s outlook on nature is that of a researcher, a scientist of the epoch of positivism. Striving toward authentic re-creation of nature, Shishkin thoroughly researched the object of portrayal, working from life for long periods of time. His nature studies resulted in outlines and small sketches that the master used in his work on monumental canvases. He became the creator of Russian epic landscape painting, and established the genre of forest landscape in Russian art. In 1870, Shishkin became a founding member of the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions, and in 1873, a professor of the Academy of Arts. Shishkin contributed to the artistic formation of F.A. Vasiliev, and G.I. Gurkin was a student of his. Shishkin’s etchings, which he worked on his entire life, became an important part of his artistic legacy. In 1871, the artist founded the Society of Russian Etchers.”

Works
Pine Forest, Mast Timber in the Viatka Province - 1872, oil on canvas.
A Coppice (at midday) - 1872, oil on canvas.
Rye - 1878, oil on canvas.
Forest Expanses - 1884, oil on canvas.
A Misty Morning - 1885, oil on canvas.
Forest Glade - 1889, oil on canvas.

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Born in Kazan (?) in 1885. Died in Tomsk (?) in 1921. Unfortunately, very little information is available on this artist. Shulpinov studied at the Kazan Art School under N.I. Feshin, and later at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. He lived in Altai territory from the 1910s, and took part in art exhibitions in the Siberian city of Tomsk. The artist considered himself a representative of the so-called Siberian style in painting. In December 1924–January 1925, seventy of the artist’s paintings were displayed posthumously in Moscow at an exhibition of paintings of the Society of Artists of the Moscow School. Much of Shulpinov’s creative heritage has been lost.

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Mountain Landscape - 1910, oil on canvas, State Art Museum of Altayskiy Region
Born in Kazan (?) in 1885. Died in Tomsk (?) in 1921. Unfortunately, very little information is available on this artist. Shulpinov studied at the Kazan Art School under N.I. Feshin, and later at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. He lived in Altai territory from the 1910s, and took part in art exhibitions in the Siberian city of Tomsk. The artist considered himself a representative of the so-called Siberian style in painting. In December 1924–January 1925, seventy of the artist’s paintings were displayed posthumously in Moscow at an exhibition of paintings of the Society of Artists of the Moscow School. Much of Shulpinov’s creative heritage has been lost.

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Mountain Landscape - 1910, oil on canvas, State Art Museum of Altayskiy Region

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Born in the village of Droskovo in Orlov province in 1892. Died in Moscow in 1966. From 1910 to 1917, Sofronova studied in Moscow at the art school of F.I. Rerberg and the studio of I.I. Mashkov. In 1914, she took part in “The Jack of Diamonds” exhibition. In 1920–1921, she taught at the State Art Shops in Tver, and at the same time became interested in Constructivism. Having returned to Moscow, she again began to create from life, at first graphic art, then paintings. Deserted city scenes were almost always her theme. Sofronova was one of “The Thirteen” group: she participated in its exhibitions, and after it was closed down in 1932, continued to work in the same style of dynamic pictorial pattern. The creative work of Sofronova became widely known only after her death.

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A Stone Bridge - 1930, oil on canvas. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
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Born in the village of Droskovo in Orlov province in 1892. Died in Moscow in 1966. From 1910 to 1917, Sofronova studied in Moscow at the art school of F.I. Rerberg and the studio of I.I. Mashkov. In 1914, she took part in “The Jack of Diamonds” exhibition. In 1920–1921, she taught at the State Art Shops in Tver, and at the same time became interested in Constructivism. Having returned to Moscow, she again began to create from life, at first graphic art, then paintings. Deserted city scenes were almost always her theme. Sofronova was one of “The Thirteen” group: she participated in its exhibitions, and after it was closed down in 1932, continued to work in the same style of dynamic pictorial pattern. The creative work of Sofronova became widely known only after her death.

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A Stone Bridge - 1930, oil on canvas. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Swans at a Zoo - 1934, oil on canvas. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

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Born in St. Petersburg in 1869. Died in Paris in 1939. The artist’s father was the curator of the Hermitage Art Gallery. In 1888, Somov began to study at the Academy of Arts, and in 1894–1897 at Repin’s studio. During his trips to Paris in 1897–1899, Somov attended the Colarossi Academy. In 1899, he took part in the first “World of Art” exhibition, and was a member of this association. During 1903–1910, he was also a member of the Union of Russian Artists, and in 1914 became an academician. Somov worked in the portrait genre, and also created landscapes with figures reminiscent of gallant scenes of the 18th century. The artist also did book illustrations. In 1923, he left the Soviet Union to attend an exhibition in New York, and in 1925 settled in Paris where he continued to work in the portrait and landscape genres and book illustration. Though Somov did hardly any work for the theater, his refined and carefully aligned paintings are in many ways theatrical.

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Born in St. Petersburg in 1869. Died in Paris in 1939. The artist’s father was the curator of the Hermitage Art Gallery. In 1888, Somov began to study at the Academy of Arts, and in 1894–1897 at Repin’s studio. During his trips to Paris in 1897–1899, Somov attended the Colarossi Academy. In 1899, he took part in the first “World of Art” exhibition, and was a member of this association. During 1903–1910, he was also a member of the Union of Russian Artists, and in 1914 became an academician. Somov worked in the portrait genre, and also created landscapes with figures reminiscent of gallant scenes of the 18th century. The artist also did book illustrations. In 1923, he left the Soviet Union to attend an exhibition in New York, and in 1925 settled in Paris where he continued to work in the portrait and landscape genres and book illustration. Though Somov did hardly any work for the theater, his refined and carefully aligned paintings are in many ways theatrical.

Works
Resting in the Forest - 1898, oil on canvas. Smolensk State Museum-Reserve

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Born in Yekaterinoslav (now Ukraine) in 1899. Died in Moscow in 1942. Stefansky studied painting under the well-known landscapist I. Goriushkin-Sorokopudov, and was interested in French Impressionism. In 1914, the young artist was called up to the army. Having been discharged after the 1917 revolution, he actively immersed himself in political activity. From 1918 to 1922, Stefansky worked in Smolensk. During this period, he took part in art exhibitions together with Kazimir Malevich.

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Smolensk, Lighting the Lamps - 1919, oil on canvas. Smolensk State Museum-Reserve
Born in Yekaterinoslav (now Ukraine) in 1899. Died in Moscow in 1942. Stefansky studied painting under the well-known landscapist I. Goriushkin-Sorokopudov, and was interested in French Impressionism. In 1914, the young artist was called up to the army. Having been discharged after the 1917 revolution, he actively immersed himself in political activity. From 1918 to 1922, Stefansky worked in Smolensk. During this period, he took part in art exhibitions together with Kazimir Malevich.

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Smolensk, Lighting the Lamps - 1919, oil on canvas. Smolensk State Museum-Reserve

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Born in Krasnoyarsk in 1848. Died in Moscow in 1926. Having arrived from Siberia, Surikov studied in St. Petersburg, at the Academy of Arts under the remarkable teacher and graphic artist P.P. Chistyakov, and from 1877 settled in Moscow. During different periods of his life, Surikov traveled extensively in Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Spain) and Russia. In 1881, the artist joined the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions. The historical genre was Surikov’s principal one. The artist depicted mainly turning points in Russian history in monumental paintings with a large number of figures. However, he also did small landscape paintings and portraits. A born painter, Surikov had a remarkable sense of color. Venetian painting influenced the formation of his art. The artist worked not only in oils, but also in watercolors.

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Small Town on a Riverbank - 1900, oil on canvas. Omsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts named after M. A. Vrubel
Born in Krasnoyarsk in 1848. Died in Moscow in 1926. Having arrived from Siberia, Surikov studied in St. Petersburg, at the Academy of Arts under the remarkable teacher and graphic artist P.P. Chistyakov, and from 1877 settled in Moscow. During different periods of his life, Surikov traveled extensively in Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Spain) and Russia. In 1881, the artist joined the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions. The historical genre was Surikov’s principal one. The artist depicted mainly turning points in Russian history in monumental paintings with a large number of figures. However, he also did small landscape paintings and portraits. A born painter, Surikov had a remarkable sense of color. Venetian painting influenced the formation of his art. The artist worked not only in oils, but also in watercolors.

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Small Town on a Riverbank - 1900, oil on canvas. Omsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts named after M. A. Vrubel

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Become familiar with some of the best known landscape painters in Canada and Russia (1860-1940)
  • Relate the experiences of landscape painters, their geography, and their era, to the style and elements in their work
  • Compare the life experiences of landscape painters in Russia and Canada working during the period 1860-1940

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