Vasily Surikov

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Vasily Surikov
Self-portrait
Self-portrait
Born (1848-01-24)24 January 1848
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Died 19 March 1916(1916-03-19) (aged 68)
Moscow, Russia
Nationality Russian
Field Painting
Training Imperial Academy of Arts
Movement Realism, History painting
Works Morning of Streltsy's execution (1881)
Boyarynya Morozova (1887)
Patrons Pavel Tretyakov
Awards Four Silver Medals

Vasily Ivanovich Surikov (Васи́лий Ива́нович Су́риков) (January 24, 1848 (Julian calendar: January 12) – March 19, 1916 (Julian calendar: March 6)) was the foremost Russian painter of large-scale historical subjects. His major pieces are among the best-known paintings in Russia.

Surikov was born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, where a monument to him was recently opened by his great-grandsons, Nikita Mikhalkov and Andrei Konchalovsky. In 1869-1871 he studied under Pavel Chistyakov at the Imperial Academy of Arts.

In 1877, Surikov settled in Moscow, where he contributed some imposing frescoes to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. In 1878 he married Elizabeth Charais, a granddaughter of the Decembrist Svistunov. In 1881 he joined the Peredvizhniki movement. From 1893 he was a full member of the St.Petersburg Academy of Arts. Surikov was interred at the Vagankovskoye Cemetery in Moscow.

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