Bocharov Mikhail Illich, 1831 – 1895

A Russian painter, graphic artist and stage designer. Born in Yepifansk District, Tula Province. In 1828, he entered Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where he studied under the tutelage of K. Rabus. Since 1852 Р an auditor to St. Petersburg Academy of Arts and since 1856 - a steadfast disciple in the class of landscape pain...

A Russian painter, graphic artist and stage designer. Born in Yepifansk District, Tula Province. In 1828, he entered Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where he studied under the tutelage of K. Rabus. Since 1852 Р an auditor to St. Petersburg Academy of Arts and since 1856 - a steadfast disciple in the class of landscape painting; the teachers were M. and S. Vorobiyov. During his study, he received all existing academic awards. In 1858 for the programme made at his own option "View of the Ai-Petri Mountain on the South Coast of Crimea near Alupka" he was awarded a small gold medal, the title of a class artist of the 1st degree and the right for a pensioner's trip abroad. From 1859 to 1861 he worked in France, Germany and Switzerland. He often used the advice of A. Ahenbah, O. Kalam and other prominent artists. After the end of the pensioner's trip in 1861, he settled in Rome.  In 1863 for the European landscapes submitted to another academic exhibition he was awarded the title of a landscape painting academician. In 1864, he returned to St. Petersburg and was appointed a decorative artist of Imperial Theatres, where he worked until his death. He painted scenery for the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and made the design of a large number of theatre productions. In 1879, he became the academician of decorative painting. In the years of 1879 - 1886, he taught at a decorative class of the Drawing School related to the Association of Itinerant Artists. In 1895 was awarded the Order of St. Volodymyr of the 4th degree. The works are stored in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, Research Museum of Russian Academy of Arts, the State Central Theatre Museum n.a. A. Bakhrushyn, etc.

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