Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, Vasily

Surikov self-portrait
Born today in 1848 in Krasnoyarsk, Vasily Ivanovich Surikov (Василий Иванович Суриков).

He is probably the foremost Russian painter of large-scale historical subjects, which often focused on events that resonated with the ordinary person, though he also painted smaller events and portraits. His major pieces are among the best-known paintings in Russia.

Three years ago I showed you his portrait of the Bronze Horseman - Peter I (the Great) in St Petersburg - and depiction of the arrest of the Boyarina Feodosia Morozova, Two years ago it was a light-hearted game, Taking of the Snow Fort, and one of his more intimate works, a portrait of Menshikov and his daughters in exile. Last year, a moody picture of Stenka Razin in his boat, and a portrait of an old man in his vegetable garden. This year, two of his landscapes, a herd of horses on the Barabin steppe and a seasonally-apt watercolor of the Kremlin.

tabun loshadej - a herd of horses

the kremlin in winter

You can find more of his pictures at this Russian-language site if you're interested.)

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At 5:46 PM, January 24, 2011 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Hey Ridger, you missed another Vasily this month, composer Vasily Kalinnikov:

Love his Symphony No. 1, which we played in high school.


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