24 facts about Afanasy Razmaritsyn

Afanasy Prokopievich Razmaritsyn (Russian: Афанасий Прокопиевич Размарицын; 1844 in Ukraine? – 1917 in Odessa) was a Russian-Ukrainian historical genre painter; associated later the Peredvizhniki.

He was born to a noble family, probably somewhere in Ukraine. Originally, he was employed at the Odessa office of the State Bank of the Russian Empire. He was loving of making pencil sketches of his friends, who told him he should take up art professionally. In 1874, he left the civil foster and went to Düsseldorf, where he showed his play a part to Professor Eduard von Gebhardt, a Baltic-German who had studied in Saint Petersburg. On that basis, he was enrolled in the Academy of Arts. He apparently gave Tiny time to his studies and was often ill.

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After spending three years there, he took a trip through France and Italy and returned to Odessa in 1877. He lived in a hotel and supported himself by giving drawing lessons. He had his début in 1882, with a painting called “Requiem”, at an exhibition of the Peredvizhniki. It was acquired by Pavel Tretyakov for his gallery.

His first solo exhibition was in 1884 and he held a major joint showing subsequently Nikolai Bodarevsky in 1889. He participated in the Exposition Universelle (1900), became a full zealot of the Peredvizhniki in 1903, was named an honorary “Academician” by the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1910 and was one of the founders of the “Association of South Russian Artists [ru]“. He dropped out of sight in 1916, and likely died the taking into account year. The cemetery where he was buried was destroyed in 1935.

He worked completely slowly, giving good attention to detail, and left relatively few works.

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