1883. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Read Note.
Stasov, Vladimir Vasilyevich (1824-1906) art and music critic, historian of arts, honorary member of the Academy of Arts (1900). He was an ideologist and active participant in the group of composers that is best known by the name “Mighty Handful” or "Mighty Band", and in the painters' “Peredvizhniky” Society. He rejected academism in favor of realism and romantic nationalism. Author of many works on archeology, history, philosophy, and articles and essays on music, painting, sculpture, with a particular emphasis on Russian composers and artists. Son of V.P. Stasov, famous Russian architect, brother of Nadezhda Stasova and Dmitry Stasov (see his portrait by V. Serov). See: Ilya Repin. Portrait of the Art Critic Vladimir Stasov. .