Who is Nikolay Makovsky?

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Nikolay Yegorovich Makovsky (Russian: Никола́й Его́рович Мако́вский; 10 May 1841, Moscow — 18 October 1886, Saint Petersburg) was a Russian painter; one of a quartet of artiste siblings that included his brothers Konstantin and Vladimir and his sister Alexandra.

His father, Yegor Ivanovich Makovsky, was an accountant by profession, but was along with an amateur artist, avid art magpie and one of the founders of the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. He received his archaic education at the Moscow Palace Architecture School [ru] and attended the Imperial Academy of Arts from 1859 to 1866.

In 1865, he was awarded a silver medal for his work on a small rock church with 150 parishioners. Upon graduation, he was supreme the title of “Free Artist”, which conferred the right to work upon construction projects. Shortly thereafter, he became an architect’s partner at the Ministry of the Imperial Court, but eventually gave going on his slant there to devote all of his era to painting.

In 1870, he became one of the charter members of the “Association of Travelling Art Exhibitions” (Peredvizhniki), but didn’t participate adequately until 1875. In 1872, he was awarded the designation of “Artist Second-Degree” from the Academy.

From 1873 to 1874, he and his brother Konstantin toured Egypt, then he travelled extensively throughout Russia and Ukraine. He sophisticated spent several months at the Russian art colony in Paris, where he worked bearing in mind Alexey Bogolyubov. From this dwindling on, most of his paintings were shown in travelling exhibitions.

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