Alexei Savrasov was a Russian painter and the creator of the lyrical landscape style. He was influenced by British painter John Constable and Swiss painter Alexandre Calame. In 1870, he joined the Peredvizhniki group, realist painters who wanted to break away from government–sponsored academic art.
Savrasov could not recover from the death of his daughter, in 1871. He eventually turned to alcohol and died a pauper. The only members of his artistic “milieu” to attend his funeral, in 1897, were the doorkeeper of the Moscow School of painting, sculpturing and architecture and Pavel Tretyakov, founder of the Tretyakov Gallery.
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