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Short biography of the landscape painter Ivan Shishkin

A love of nature in the works of Shishkin.
In 1832, on January 25, in the city of Yelabuga, Vyateb province, a son Ivan was born in the family of merchant Ivan Shishkin. In the Kazan gymnasium, the future artist received his first education.

After 4 years of study, Ivan Shishkin entered the Moscow school of painting. In 1856, after finishing school, he decided to continue his studies in St. Petersburg and entered the Academy of Arts.

During the year of study at this institution, the artist not only mastered academic drawing, but also painted in the suburbs of St. Petersburg.

1860 was a significant year for Shishkin receiving an important award-the gold medal of the Academy. He had received awards before, but they were not of such significance.

While traveling, Shishkin visited Munich and Zurich, where he had the opportunity to study in the workshops of famous artists. Thanks to the work “View in the vicinity of Dusseldorf”, the artist was awarded the title of academician.

Outside of Russia, Shishkin perfectly draws works with a pen, which deserves great attention from foreigners who were struck by the unprecedented talent of the Russian artist.

Some drawings were placed in the Museum of Dusseldorf, where they were placed on a level with the works of famous artists in Europe.

In 1864, the painter Shishkin returned to Russia, because outside of the homeland, it was not possible to paint a Russian landscape. He travels a lot around his native country in search of picturesque places.

The artist devoted a large number of his works to the pine forest, among which the most famous are considered — “Pine forest”, “Morning in a pine forest”, “Fog in a pine forest”, “Stream in the forest”.

His paintings were presented at exhibitions, as well as In the Association of traveling exhibitions. In 1873, Shishkin received the title of Professor at the Academy of Arts, and for a short time was engaged in the management of an educational workshop.

Ivan Shishkin marries only in 1977, and the artist Olga Antonova-Lagoda becomes his wife. Their home is often visited by his colleagues and friends.

Shishkin’s most striking painting “Morning in a pine forest” was created by him in 1889. This picture is permeated with the morning air of the forest, you can feel the wilderness untouched by man. The popularity of this painting is still unchanged, which is why this work of art has no equal.

The final work of the artist is the canvas “Ship grove”, created by him in 1898. This painting demonstrates the artist’s accumulated talent and skill over his entire life.

In March 1898, Shishkin died at his easel. The artist was buried at the Smolensk Orthodox cemetery. Since 1950, the ashes of the painter Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin rest in the Tikhvin cemetery of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra.

Landscape artists are still trained on the works of Ivan Shishkin. Many viewers are fascinated by the works of this outstanding master. The works of the landscape artist Shishkin are so famous that even children recognize them.

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