Vrubel Mikhail Aleksandrovych, 1856 - 1910

The prominent Russian painter, graphic artist, stage designer, painter of decorative  and applied art, sculptor. Born in Omsk. In the years of 1864, 1866 - 1869 he studied at the Drawing School of Society for Encouraging Arts in St. Petersburg. During the years of 1870 - 1872 he studied at Odessa Drawing School, and then from 1877 to 1884 he stu...

The prominent Russian painter, graphic artist, stage designer, painter of decorative  and applied art, sculptor. Born in Omsk. In the years of 1864, 1866 - 1869 he studied at the Drawing School of Society for Encouraging Arts in St. Petersburg. During the years of 1870 - 1872 he studied at Odessa Drawing School, and then from 1877 to 1884 he studied at St. Petersburg Academy of Arts in the art studios of P. Chystyakov and I. Repin. During 1884 - 1889 he lived in Kyiv. A. He was attracted by Prakhov to paint and restore St. Cyril's Church and the domes of St. Sophia's Cathedral, and created the sketches for painting St.Volodymyr's Cathedral. For some time, he taught at Kyiv Drawing School. In 1899, he moved to Moscow and joined the Abramtsevo Art Group. He regularly came to Abramtsevo, worked hard in the pottery workshop, used and developed the traditional Russian decorative patterns. In 1891, he performed the illustrations to the anniversary edition of M. Lermontov. In the years of 1891 - 1892 together with Mamontov and his family he made a trip to Italy. In 1892, he accompanied S. Mamontov in a trip to Italy, France and Germany, and in 1894 visited Constantinople. He collaborated with the private Moscow Russian Opera of S. Mamontov and designed a great many theatre productions. Since 1895, he had become a participant of the  exhibitions of Moscow Artists' Society. In 1900 for the ceramic fireplace "Volga and Mikula Selyanynovych" he was awarded the gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris. In the same year, he became a member and an exhibitor of the World- of-Art Association (1900 - 1903, 1906). Participated in Vienna Secession (1901), an exhibition of modernists "The Scarlet Rose" in Saratov (1904), a portrait exhibition in Tauride Palace (1905). One of the founders and regular exhibitors of the Society of Russian Artists (1903). In 1906, the masterХs works were exhibited in a separate room at the exhibition of Russian art in Paris, which had been arranged by S. Diaghilev. In 1905, he was elected Academician of the Academy of Arts. Since 1906, he had lived in St. Petersburg. A prominent representative of Russian Art Nouveau and Symbolism. In his work, he acted as an innovator who had been solving complex plastic and coloristic tasks. The memorial exhibitions and retrospectives of the works of M. Vrubel were time and again held in the famous museums of Russia, Ukraine, and Europe. In particular, in 1997 D_sseldorf and Munich hosted the exhibition "Mikhail Vrubel and Russian Symbolism". His works can be found in the biggest museum collections around the world.

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