Apollinary Vasnetsov: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Apollinary Mikhaylovich Vasnetsov (Russian: Аполлина́рий Миха́йлович Васнецо́в; August 6, 1856 – January 23, 1933) was a Russian painter and graphic artiste whose elder brother was the more well-known Viktor Vasnetsov. He specialized in scenes from the medieval archives of Moscow.

Vasnetsov did not traditional a formal artisthic education. He had studied under his older brother, Viktor Vasnetsov, the well-known Russian painter. From 1883, he along bearing in mind his brother lived and worked in Abramtsevo where he fell under the have emotional impact of Vasily Polenov. In 1898–1899, he travelled across Europe.In auxiliary to epic landscapes of Russian nature, Apollinary Vasnetsov created his own genre of historical landscape reconstruction upon the basis of historical and archaeological data. His paintings gift a visual portray of medieval Moscow. He was a member of the Association of Travelling Art Exhibitions (Peredvizhniki) from 1899, and an academician from 1900. He became one of the founders and supervisors of the Union of Russian Artists.

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