Evgraf Semenovich Sorokin

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Stabat Mater by Sorokin, 1873
Ian Usmovets Stopping an Angry Bull, 1849

Evgraf Semenovich Sorokin (Russian: Евгра́ф Семёнович Соро́кин; December 18, 1821, Kostroma Governorate – 1892, Moscow) was a Russian artist and teacher, a master of historical, religious and genre paintings.[1]

Sorokin was born in the Kostroma Province. In his youth he studied fine arts and his talent was noticed by a local priest who commissioned him to decorate a church. On the advice of the priest, Sorokin painted a portrait of Emperor Nicholas I. The painting was delivered to the emperor, and he recommended Sorokina to the Academy of Arts in 1841. In 1845, Sorokin received a large silver medal for his sketchings of nature, and four years later a gold medal for his painting "stop the bull."

He was sent to study in Europe at public expense and visited Germany, Belgium, France and Spain, as well as Syria and Egypt later. For his painting "The Annunciation", he received the title of academician.

In 1860 Sorokin oversaw the paintings for the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow and in 1878 was promoted to professor.

Another important work by Sorokin is the iconostasis of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Paris.