Born in Yelabuga in 1832. Died in St. Petersburg in 1898. Shishkin spent his childhood amidst the century-old forests and majestic rivers of the Ural and Volga regions and his love for these places remained with him throughout his life. He studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1852–1856) and at the Academy of Arts (1856–1860). Having been awarded the Academy’s Great Gold Medal, the artist received the right to travel abroad, and in 1864–1865 continued his education at the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts. Even his mature creative work is similar to the Düsseldorf School of landscape painting. Shishkin’s outlook on nature is that of a researcher, a scientist of the epoch of positivism. Striving toward authentic re-creation of nature, Shishkin thoroughly researched the object of portrayal, working from life for long periods of time. His nature studies resulted in outlines and small sketches that the master used in his work on monumental canvases. He became the creator of Russian epic landscape painting, and established the genre of forest landscape in Russian art. In 1870, Shishkin became a founding member of the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions, and in 1873, a professor of the Academy of Arts. Shishkin contributed to the artistic formation of F.A. Vasiliev, and G.I. Gurkin was a student of his. Shishkin’s etchings, which he worked on his entire life, became an important part of his artistic legacy. In 1871, the artist founded the Society of Russian Etchers.”WorksPine Forest, Mast Timber in the Viatka Province
- 1872, oil on canvas. A Coppice (at midday)
- 1872, oil on canvas. Rye
- 1878, oil on canvas. Forest Expanses
- 1884, oil on canvas. A Misty Morning
- 1885, oil on canvas. Forest Glade
- 1889, oil on canvas.
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