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Name: Vasily Surikov

Born in: 1848

Country: Russian Empire

Genre:  History painting, portrait




"Sorrowful women's faces with feverish eyes, tempting voluptuous virginity, gloomy foreheads of sentenced to death, the rags of cripples, pale smiles of fools and satanic laughter of executioners; hands are cursing and raising in blessing and dangling in helpless despair; views are complete with hate, passionate with pleas and passionated with horror - and always a crowd, always confusion crowd, waiting for the bloody executions on the ancient narrow streets of Moscow, it grows into a barbarian horde to the Siberian coastline, is enthusiastic feat on the ice floes of the Alps Suvorov - this is Surikov! Sure spontaneous talent , which deeply understood the dark essence of East Slavic elements: its fateful, ominous beginning. "

M. Nesterov, a russian famous paintor


 "I do not understand the actions of individual historical figures, without people, without crowds. I need to get them out into the street."
V. Surikov


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 Mikhalkovand Andrei Konchalovsky.[citation needed] 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.