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Vasnetsov, Viktor Mikhaylovich

1848–1926


Born to a family of a village priest. He studied at the Vyatka religious school (he did not graduate), he was taught drawing by gymnasium teacher N.Chernyshov. From 1867 he lived in St.Petersburg. From 1867-1868 he studied at the Drawing School at the Society for the Encouragement of Artists under I.Kramskoy. In 1868 he entered the Academy of Arts where he intermittently studied until 1874 under P.Basin, V.Vereshchagin, S.Vorobiev and P.Chistyakov. In 1869 his drawing entitled "Two Nude Male Models" and a nature drawing won him small silver medals, in 1870 his study entitled "Christ and Pilate Before the People" won him the large silver medal. From 1867-1877 he lived in St.Petersburg, periodically visiting Vyatka. From 1876-1877 he travelled to France and in 1885 Italy. He took an active part in the work of S.Mamontov’s Abramtsevo circle. He designed drafts for the Church of Our Saviour Made without Hands (1881-1882, together with V.Polenov), and the Cabin on Hen’s Legs circus pavilion (1883) for the Abramtsevo estate. A member of the STAE (from 1878), Moscow Society of Art Lovers (1903) and the Society for the Encouragement of Arts (1903-1904). Member of the Izograph artists’ union (1917) and the Union of Russian Artists (1918). In 1893 he was elected a Full Member of the Academy of Arts, he cancelled his membership in 1905. In 1910 V.and A.Vasnetsov initiated the creation of the Vyatka Art and History Museum. V.Vasnetsov occupys a special place in Russian historical painting of the second half of the 19th century. Having started his creative life as a genre and battle painter, he addressed the Russian epic in the 1880s reconceptualizing folklore tales and historical events (After the Battle of Igor Svyatoslavich with the Polovtsians, 1880). The Russian life that the artist depicts is reminiscent of the traditions of old Russian art. His nationally romantic and decoratively monumental approach was the predecessor of Art Nouveau. Working on the frescoes at the Vladimir Cathedral in Kiev, Vasnetsov created works in which N.Ghe saw the "…synthesis of old Russian and Byzantine features, the Pre-Raphaelites’ art and even Michelangelo […] but most importantly is that it is Russian national spirit…" Many contemporaries highly valued Vasnetsov’s talent and regarded his creative work as the emergence of a new truly national trend in Russian painting which "emanated the grandeur and austerity of the Orthodox Church style"
Portrait of Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindji

1869
Oil on canvas mounted on wood
46,2 x 36
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

Self-Portrait

1873
Oil on canvas
71 x 58
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

From Rented Room to Rented Room

1876
Oil on canvas
53,5 x 67,2
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

After the Battle of Igor Svyatoslavich with the Polovtsians

1878
Oil on canvas
14,5 x 27
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

A Round of Preference

1879
Oil on canvas
84 x 136
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

Three Czarevnas of Underground Kingdom

1879
oil on canvas
152,7 ő 165,2
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

After the Battle of Igor Svyatoslavich with the Polovtsians

1880
Oil on canvas
205 x 390
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

The Akhtyrka Oak

1880
Oil on canvas
33,5 x 47,6
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

Alyonushka

1880
Oil on canvas
28 x 19
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

By the Forest Edge. Akhtyrka

1881
Oil on canvas
30,5 x 18,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

Alyonushka

1881
Oil on canvas
26,5 x 19,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

Alyonushka

1881
oil on canvas
173 ő 121
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

In the Costume of a Skomorokh

1882
Oil on canvas
67,7 x 52,2
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

Stone Age. Revelry

1883
Oil on canvas
56 x 80
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

Portrait of Mark Matveyevich Antokolsky

1884
Oil on canvas
73,6 x 51
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

Portrait of Tatiana Anatolievna Mamontova

1884
Oil on canvas
72 x 58
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

The Baptism of Russia

1885-1896
Oil on canvas
214 x 178
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

Prince Ivan on the Grey Wolf

1889
Oil on canvas
252 x 187,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

Portrait of Boris Viktorovich Vasnetsov

1889
Oil on canvas
59,2 x 47,1
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

Portrait of Yelena Prakhova

1894
oil on canvas
211,7 ő 153,2
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

Tsar Ivan Vasilievich the Terrible

1897
Oil on canvas
247 x 132
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

Heroes (Bogatyri)

1898
oil on canvas
295,3 ő 446
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

A Street in Yalta

1903
Oil on canvas mounted on cardboard
35 x 25
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

A Flying Carpet

Undated
Oil on canvas
24,7 x 39
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

The Pond at Akhtyrka

Undated
Oil on canvas
34 x 22
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

Bunch of Flowers. Abramtsevo

Undated
Oil on canvas
44 x 33,5
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26

The Pond at Akhtyrka

Undated
Oil on canvas
46 x 32
at 10, Lavrushinsky Lane, Hall 26