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Sergey Ivanov – Russian painter

Osip Braz. Portrait of Sergey Ivanov, 1903

Osip Braz. Portrait of Sergey Ivanov, 1903

Sergey Ivanov was a Russian painter.
Sergey was born on June 4 (16), 1864 in Ruza, Moscow province into the family of an exciseman. The boy’s artistic leanings became apparent at an early age. His father thought that there was no difference between painting and drawing and decided his son should become an engineer. At the age of 11 Sergey entered Konstantinovsky Institute of Land Surveying. But the boy wanted to paint and at the age of 14 he entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture as an external student.
From 1882 to 1884, Ivanov studied at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts. However, he left the Academy and moved to Moscow. In 1883 he completed his first painting Blind Folk, which was the fruit of a journey to the Volga area. He was interested in the life of the peasants.

Ivanov’s pictures and drawings present horrifying scenes from the life of the resettlers. Hope and despair, illness and death were the constant companions of those people wandering in the vast expanses of Russia. One of the most impressive is the painting Resettlers Returning (1888).
Since the mid-1890s the artist began to create historical paintings. Ivanov also worked with great enthusiasm on paintings of the leaders of popular uprisings —Stepan Razin and Yemelian Pugachov.
In 1899, Ivanov joined the Association of the Wanderers (Peredvizhniki). He was an innovator of the historical genre composing Russian episodes of the Middle Ages in the spirit of Art Nouveau. The artist had a new look at the historical past of the homeland. He didn’t portray the heroic moments of the events, but the scenes of everyday life of the ancient Russians.
In 1905, Sergey was awarded the honorary title of Academician. In the same year he painted one of his most impressive historical-revolutionary works, Execution.
In 1908-13 he painted 18 pictures for the project Pictures of Russian history.
He taught at the Stroganov School of Industrial Art (1899-1906), in the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1900 / 1903-1910).
He was a member of the exhibitions of the Moscow Society of Art Lovers (1887, 1889, 1894), Association of the Wanderers (1887-1901), The Union of 36 (1901, 1902), World of Art (1903), the Union of Russian Artists (1903-1910).
Ivanov fruitfully worked as a master of etching and lithography, as well as an illustrator of works by Nikolai Gogol, Mikhail Lermontov, Alexander Pushkin and many other famous writers.
Sergey Ivanov died on August 3 (16), 1910 in the village Svistuha (now Dmitrov District, Moscow Region).
Ivanov was a modest, self-effacing man, but he possessed a unique talent. In his works he revealed the story of Russia, past and present, and the ‘movement of life’ towards the future.

The Agitator in a Train Carriage, 1885

The Agitator in a Train Carriage, 1885

Sergey Ivanov – Russian painter