A prominent Russian painter and theater artist. Born in Moscow. He began his art education in 1875 at the architectural department of Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, two years later he changed to the department of painting, where he continued his studies in the landscape class of A. Savrasov and V. Polenov. In 1884 he received the title of extra-class artist. Thanks to V. Polenov he met with S. Mamontov, and in 1885 he entered the Abramtsevskyy circle. Since 1901, together with V. Serov, he taught at Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. In 1900s he actively worked in theater, creating sketches of costumes and scenery for dramatic plays, operas and ballets (Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, La Scala in Milan). One of the founders and the constant exponent of the Union of Russian Artists, participated in numerous exhibitions of the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions, "The World of Arts", "Union 36". In 1906 he participated in the Autumn Salon in Paris and the exhibition of Russian art, organized by S. Dyahylyev, then almost every year he visited France. Academician of painting since 1905. He painted portraits, landscapes, still lives. In 1921 the anniversary exhibition of the artist was held in Moscow, in 1922 - a large retrospective exhibition was held in the State Tretyakov Gallery. In 1923 he went to France, where he worked for the theatre and continued to paint. The theme of Paris at night took a significant place in the artistХs creative work of that time. His works are kept in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, the house-museum of V. Polenov, Kyiv National Museum of Russian Art, in the Art Museums of Sevastopol, Kharkiv, Yaroslavl, Omsk, Ryazan, etc.