1.Biography 2.Vyatka 3.Saint Peterburg 4.Paris 5.Later years 6.The end
Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov (Russian: Виктор Михайлович Васнецов) (Lop'jal near Vyatka, May 15 (N.S.), 1848 Moscow, June 23, 1926) was a Russian artist who specialized in mythological and historical subjects. He is considered a key figure of the revivalist movement in Russian art.
Biography Childhood ( ) Childhood ( ) Viktor Vasnetsov was born in a remote village Lopyal of Vyatka guberniya in His father Mikhail Vasilievich Vasnetsov, a village priest, was a well- educated 'philosophy- inclined' man interested in natural science, astronomy and painting. His grandfather was an icon painter.
Vyatka ( ) Vyatka ( ) From the age of ten, Viktor studied in a seminary in Vyatka, each summer moving with his family to a rich merchant village of Ryabovo. During his seminary years, he worked for a local icon shopkeeper. He also helped an exiled Polish artist, Michał Elwiro Andriolli, to execute frescoes for Vyatka's Alexander Nevsky cathedral. Having graduated from the seminary, Viktor decided to move to Saint Petersburg to study art.
Saint Petersburg ( ) In August 1867 Viktor entered the Imperial Academy of Arts. Three years later, the Peredvizhniki movement of realist painters rebelled against the Academism. At that period he also started producing genre paintings in oil. Such pieces as Peasant Singers (1873) and Moving House (1876) were warmly welcomed by democratic circles of Russian society.
Paris ( ) Paris ( ) In 1876 Repin invited Vasnetsov to join the Peredvizhniki colony in Paris. It was in Paris that he became fascinated with fairy-tale subjects, starting to work on Ivan Tsarevich Riding a Grey Wolf and The Firebird.
Later years ( ) Later years ( ) In 1904, Vasnetsov designed the best known of his "fairy- tale" buildings the Tretyakov Gallery.