This is Vasily Polenov

By Gwylym Owen

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Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov (Russian: Васи́лий Дми́триевич Поле́нов; 1 June 1844 – 18 July 1927) was a Russian landscape painter associated with the Peredvizhniki hobby of realist artists. His contemporaries would call him the “Knight of Beauty” as he embodied both European and Russian traditions of painting. His vision of sparkle was summarized as following: “Art should present happiness and joy”. As a painter and a humanist, he would truly tolerate in the civilizing mission of Art, Culture and Education.

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