Alexei Kondratyevich Savrasov
Born in Moscow in 1830. Died in the same city in 1897. Savrasov takes first place among the Russian landscape painters of the second half of the 19th century. During 1844–1854, he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, and after that traveled across Europe and to the northern provinces of Russia. He frequently worked on the Volga. Savrasov’s early landscapes were romantic, but later, under the influence of firsthand observations of nature, the artist turned to non-idealized portrayals of Russian nature. The winter landscape genre began to develop in his work. He was one of the founders of the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions. At the first exhibition of the association in 1871, Savrasov exhibited his landscape The Rooks Have Arrived, which greatly impressed his contemporaries and ushered in the lyrical line in Russian landscape painting of the second half of the 19th century. From 1857 to 1882, Savrasov headed the landscape painting class at the Moscow School where he taught Polenov, Levitan and Korovin. These artists fervently took up the teacher’s call to “go to nature”; to paint from life and find the beautiful and poetic in the most modest motif.
Portrait of the artist Alexei Kondratyevich Savrasov
oil on canvas
71 x 57 cm
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
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