20 facts about Mikhail Lebedev

By Gwylym Owen

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Mikhail Ivanovich Lebedev (Russian: Михаил Иванович Лебедев) (4 November 1811 – 13 July 1837) was a Russian painter.

Lebedev was born in Tartu into the family of an impoverished serf. In the 1820s, serfdom was abolished in his region and the juvenile Lebedev got an opportunity to study at a within reach school. His artistic endeavours attracted the attention of the Count Pahlen, who sent Lebedev to the Academy at Saint Petersburg once a full scholarship. In the Academy, Lebedev studied under Maxim Vorobiev. In 1833, he got the major gold medal for the painting View of Ladoga.

In 1834, he travelled to Italy upon a pension and was met by the Russian artistic colony there, notably the indigenous Karl Brullov. Lebedev loved to paint Italy’s natural landscapes; his landscape paintings are full of coloristic contrasts. Notable paintings derived from this period are Ariccia (near Rome) and View of Castel Gandolfo. Lebedev’s landscapes had an rude success next the public. In 1837, Lebedev went to feign in Naples, where an epidemic of cholera started. The player became sick and died at the age of twenty-five.

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