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Victor Vasnetsov

(1848-1926)

Victor Vasnetsov Portrait

Biography

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Son of a village clergyman, Victor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov prepared himself for the same career, but the passionate love for art brought the 19-year-old student of ecclesiastical seminary to St. Petersburg's Academy of Arts. During his years  (1868-75) in the Academy Vasnetsov got a thorough professional training; an especially big role in his education was played by professorPavel Tchistyakov.

Victor Vasnetsov started as a scene painter; the influence of Fedotov and Perov in his early works is evident Moving House (1876), At a Bookseller's (1876), News from the Front (1878), A Game of Preference (1879). In the late 1870s early 1880s, Vasnetsov tried himself in historical genre Battle of Slavs and Scythians (1881), After Prince Igor's Battle with the Polovtsy (1880). He borrowed the subjects from ancient history. He found another source of subjects in Russian mythology – legends, ballads, fairy-tales. Vasnetsov was born and grew up in a northern Russian village and almost to the age of 20 lived in an environment where the ‘folklore outlook’ was still alive; his very soul was steeped in the poetry of Russian epic literature. He wasn't only the first artist to use subjects from folklore, but also the first to borrow methods and techniques from national folk art.  Thus he became the founder of new style in Russian painting.

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Victor Vasnetsov. Portrait of the Artist Arkhip Kuinji. Portrait of the Artist Arkhip Kuinji. 1869. Oil on canvas mounted on panel. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Tea-Drinking in a Tavern. Tea-Drinking in a Tavern. 1874. Oil on canvas. The Museum of Visual Arts, Kharkov, Ukraine. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Moving House. Moving House. 1876. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. At a Bookseller's. At a Bookseller's. 1876. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Acrobats (Festival in a Paris Suburb). Acrobats (Festival in a Paris Suburb). 1877. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Peasant with a Pole. Peasant with a Pole. 1877. Study. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. News from the Front. News from the Front. 1878. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Kars is Taken. Kars is Taken. 1878. Oil on canvas. The A. N. Radishchev Museum of Arts, Saratov, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. A Knight at the Crossroads. A Knight at the Crossroads. 1878. Oil on canvas. The History and Art Museum, Serpukhov, Moscow Region. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. A Knight at the Crossroads. A Knight at the Crossroads. 1878. Oil on canvas. The Museum of Russian Art, Kiev, Ukraine. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Three Tsarevnas of the Underground Kingdom. Three Tsarevnas of the Underground Kingdom. 1879-81. First version. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. A Game of Preference. A Game of Preference. 1879. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Akhtyrka. Akhtyrka. 1879. Oil on canvas. Museum-Estate of V. Polenov, Tula region, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. After Prince Igor's Battle with the Polovtsy. After Prince Igor's Battle with the Polovtsy. 1880. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. After Prince Igor's Battle with the Polovtsy. Detail. After Prince Igor's Battle with the Polovtsy. Detail. 1880. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. After Prince Igor's Battle with the Polovtsy. Detail. After Prince Igor's Battle with the Polovtsy. Detail. 1880. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. The Magic Carpet. The Magic Carpet. 1880. Oil on canvas. The Art Museum of Nizhniy Novgorod, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. The Magic Carpet. Detail. The Magic Carpet. Detail. 1880. Oil on canvas. The Art Museum of Nizhniy Novgorod, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. The Voria River's Valley near the Village of Mutovka. The Voria River's Valley near the Village of Mutovka. 1880. Oil on canvas. The Victor Vasnetsov Memorial Museum, Moscow. Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Pond in Akhtyrka. Pond in Akhtyrka. 1880. Oil on canvas. The State Art Museum Abramtsevo, Moscow region, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. The Bard Bayan. The Bard Bayan. 1880. Sketch. Oil on canvas. The State Art Museum Abramtsevo, Moscow region, Russia. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Alionushka. Alionushka. . Study. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Alionushka. Alionushka. 1881. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Battle of Slavs and Scythians. Battle of Slavs and Scythians. 1881. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov and Vasiliy Polenov. The Church in Abramtsevo. The Church in Abramtsevo. 1881-1882. Moscow region, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. St. Sergiy Radonezhskiy. St. Sergiy Radonezhskiy. 1882. Icon for the Abramtsevo church. Oil on canvas. The State Art Museum Abramtsevo, Moscow region, Russia. Read Note. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Detail of the fresco of the choir in the Abramtsevo church. Detail of the fresco of the choir in the Abramtsevo church. 1882. Oil on panel. The State Art Museum Abramtsevo, Moscow region, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Sketch for a church in an old Russian style. Sketch for a church in an old Russian style. 1882. The Victor Vasnetsov Memorial Museum, Moscow. Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Dressed as a Buffoon. Dressed as a Buffoon. 1882. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. A Knight at the Crossroads. Detail. A Knight at the Crossroads. Detail. 1882. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. A Knight at the Crossroads. Detail. A Knight at the Crossroads. Detail. 1882. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Ivan Petrov, a Peasant from Vladimir Province. Ivan Petrov, a Peasant from Vladimir Province. 1883. Study. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Knight. Knight. 1883. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. Portrait of Natalia Mamontova. Portrait of Natalia Mamontova. 1883. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
Victor Vasnetsov. The Oak Grove at Abramtsevo. The Oak Grove at Abramtsevo. 1883. Oil on canvas mounted on cardboard. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]
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