I would like to start a series of blog posts about Russian Masters of Art. Russian has amazing painters in my opinion that and not really known outside of country, I hope I can help you to discover them and refresh my own memory. And my first artist is
(Russian: Абра́м Ефи́мович Архи́пов) (August 27 [O.S. August 15] 1862 – September 25, 1930) was a Russian realist artist, who was a member of the art collective The Wanderers as well as the Union of Russian Artists.
Born in the village of Yegorovo in the Ryazan Oblast to a religious Russian-Orthodox family, Arkhipov (birth name Abram Pyrikov) left for the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in 1877, where he would fall under the tutelage of various Russian artists including Vasily Perov, Vasily Polenov and Vladimir Makovsky. In 1883, Archipov went to study at the Imperial Academy of Arts at Saint Petersburg, he would stay there two years, before returning to complete his studies in Moscow.
Arkhipov was accepted into the art collective, The Wanderers in 1889, and joined the Union of Russian Artists in 1903. Themes that occur within his artwork include the lives of Russian women, with some of his realist paintings depicting their grim daily realities. Arkhipov also painted several paintings of peasant women in rural Russia, depicting them in vibrant traditional dresses and national costumes. Like others in the Union of Russian Artists, Arkhipov also painted regularly en plein air, travelling and painting scenes from the North of Russia and the White Sea coast.
Arkhipov also taught at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture where he was originally a student, and from 1922 through 1924 taught at Vkhutemas. Arkhipov joined the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia in 1924, and in 1927 was awarded the title of People’s Artist of the USSR. Arkhipov died inMoscow in 1930.
In my opinion this is one of the artists that include their own feelings while observing and capturing in paintings the reality. Simple and perhaps poor social class is main interest of Arkhipov. This painter is a big inspiration for me, encouraging me to include a deeper idea to my work, not just the esthetic detail.
*Thanks to Wikipedia for the informational source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abram_Arkhipov