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Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov – Russian painter

Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov

Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov

Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov was a Russian painter, thinker and theorist, the author of a grand canvas The Appearance of Christ before the people.
Alexander was born on July 16 (28), 1806 into the family of the artist. At the age of eleven he entered the Imperial Academy of Arts as an external pupil. He studied under the guidance of his father, professor of historical painting Andrei Ivanovich Ivanov.
In 1824 Alexander was awarded a small gold medal for his picture Priam Begging Achilles for the Body of Hector. The subject was taken from Homer’s Iliad and Ivanov painted it when he was eighteen.
In 1827 he received a first-class gold medal for the painting Joseph Interprets the Prisoners’ Dreams.
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Mstislav Dobuzhinsky – Russian painter

Constantin Somov. Portrait of the Artist Mstislav Dobuzhinsky

Constantin Somov. Portrait of the Artist Mstislav Dobuzhinsky

Mstislav Dobuzhinsky was a Russian painter, a master of the cityscape, an art critic, and memoirist. He belonged to the magnificent cluster of artists which formed around the World of Art society at the turn of the century.
Mstislav was born on August 2 (14), 1875 in Novgorod. His father served in the St. Petersburg Mikhailovsky Artillery School. After the birth of the son Mstislav’s parents divorced, and his mother, an actress and singer left the family. Mstislav’s father taught his son to illustrate the books he read. The boy was particularly keen on history books. The boy drew a great deal and his powers of observation developed. In 1895 he began studying in the Law Faculty of St. Petersburg University, and at the same time tried to get into the Academy of Arts. In 1899-1901 Mstislav studied in Munich and then in Hungary.
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Nikolai Ghe – Russian painter

Nikolai Ghe. Self-Portrait, 1893

Nikolai Ghe. Self-Portrait, 1893

Nikolai Ghe was a Russian painter and graphic artist, a master of portraits, historical and religious paintings.
Nikolai was born on February 15 (27), 1831 in Voronezh into the family of landowner. His grandfather emigrated from France to Russia at the end of the XVIII century and in French, his name was written Gay. The mother of the future artist died of cholera three months after the birth of her son. Early childhood Nikolai spent in the village and in 1841 he was sent to Kiev, where he entered the First Kiev Gymnasium. Later Nikolai moved to St. Petersburg, where his elder brother lived.
In 1850 Ghe entered the Imperial Academy of Arts. His favorite artist was Karl Briullov.
In 1855 Nikolai received a small gold medal for his work Achilles mourns Patroclus. His work Saul with the Medium at Endor was awarded a Grand Gold Medal in 1857. Then the artist moved to Europe.
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Russian painter Roman Lyapin

Russian painter Roman Lyapin

Russian painter Roman Lyapin

Russian painter Roman Lyapin is a multiple winner of regular competitions of Tuscany and Lazio. In 1996 he was a Grand Prix winner in the contest Nature Landscape in Altipiane d’Arcinazzo. He is primarily a landscape painter. Roman began his career in Leningrad. From the beginning of the 1990s the artist lived and taught in Italy for more than ten years.
It was in Rome, the cradle of the arts, where he became a unique original master of the Leningrad and Roman (Accademia di Belle Art di Roma) schools.
His works are full of the spirit of deep inner unity – expressive, light and energetic paintings.
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Ivan Martos – prominent Russian sculptor

Ivan Martos by P.O. Rossi

Ivan Martos by P.O. Rossi

Ivan Martos was a prominent Russian sculptor.
Ivan was born in 1754 in Poltava province into a family of landed gentry. In 1764 he entered the Imperial Academy and graduated it in 1773 with a small gold medal. He was sent to Italy as a pensioner of the Academy. Here the young artist studied ancient art, especially classical sculpture and architecture.
He returned to St. Petersburg in 1779 and immediately became Sculpture teacher at the Academy. In 1794 he was already a senior professor, and in 1814 – the rector.
Martos worked in the field of sculptured tombstones, an entirely new sphere of Russian representative art. The tombstones for S. S. Volkonskaya and M. P. Sobakina are veritable masterpieces of Russian sculpture. The most outstanding of the sculptor’s later works was his tombstone for Ye. Kurakina.
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Zinaida Serebryakova – female painter

Zinaida Serebryakova. Self-portrait At the Dressing-Table, 1909

Zinaida Serebryakova. Self-portrait At the Dressing-Table, 1909

Zinaida Serebryakova was a Russian artist, member of the World of Art, one of the first Russian Women included in the history of painting.
Zinaida was born on December 12, 1884 in the estate Neskuchnoye, in Kharkov province, into one of the most famous art family Benoit-Lansere. Her grandfather, Nikolai Benois was a famous architect; her father, Evgeni Lansere was a famous sculptor, and her mother Ekaterina Nikolaevna, the sister of Alexander Benois, was a young graphic artist. One of her brothers, Nikolai was a talented architect, the other – Evgeni played an important role in the history of Russian and Soviet art of monumental painting and graphics. British actor and writer Peter Ustinov was Zinaida’s relative.
In 1900, Zinaida entered art school, founded by Princess Tenisheva. In 1901 she studied at the art school headed by Ilya Repin. In 1903-1905 she was a student of portrait painter Osip Braz. In 1902 she traveled to Italy. In 1905-1906 she studied at the Academy de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris.
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Mikhail Kozlovsky – Russian sculptor

V. I. Demut-Malinovsky. Portrait of Mikhail Kozlovsky

V. I. Demut-Malinovsky. Portrait of Mikhail Kozlovsky

Mikhail Kozlovsky was a Russian sculptor. Mikhail was born on October 26 (November 6), 1753 in St. Petersburg into a family of a military musician. He studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts, where his closest mentors were professors Nicolas Gillet (a French artist who trained many talented sculptors of that time) and A.P. Losenko. In 1772 Kozlovsky was awarded a first class gold medal for his bas-relief Prince Izyaslav in the Field of Battle. After graduation, he became a pensioner of the Academy and was sent to Rome (from 1774 to 1779) and to Paris (from 1779 to 1780).
In 1780 the Marseilles Academy of Arts awarded him the title of academician—a fact which testifies to the popularity of his works abroad. Kozlovsky took subjects from the Homeric epics and Roman history. An important place in his art is occupied by his work on the figure of Alexander of Macedon (1780s).
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