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Viktor (Mikhaylovich) Vasnetsov

Born: Loy’yal, 15 May 1848
Died: Moscow, 23 July 1926
Nationality: Russian

son of a priest



with Ivan Kramskoy at the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts Drawing School (1867-68, St Petersburg); Imperial Academy of Arts, St Petersburg (1869-75)


1878 – joins the Wanderers (Peredvizhniki), a group of anti-establishment Realist artists

1880s - becomes involved in the Old Russian Revival; produces book illustrations, stage designs and architecture

1885 – begins work on a series of murals for St Vladimir cathedral (Kiev); produces stage decorations for Nikolay Rimsk-Korsakov’s opera The Snow Maiden 

1893 - becomes full member of Russian Academy of Arts

1903 - joins Society for the Encouragement of Arts

1905 - resigns from Russian Academy of Arts

1906 – supplies the design for the façade of the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow)

1910 - establishes with Vyatka Art and History Museum

1918 - joins Union of Russian Artists


Paris (1876-77); Italy (1885)

Important Artworks: 

Three Princesses of the Underground Kingdom, 1881 (Treyakov Gallery, Moscow)

Heroes (Bogatyri), 1898


Savva Mamontov

Web Resources

Tretyakov Gallery: Vasnetsov