Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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.

Four 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, three 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; two years ago, a moody picture of Stenka Razin in his boat, and a portrait of an old man in his vegetable garden, and last year, two of his landscapes, a herd of horses on the Barabin steppe and a seasonally-apt watercolor of the Kremlin. This year, a water-color church in Dyakovo, and the Yenisey river.

Church in Dyakovo by Surkov

Enisej Reka by Surkov

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

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