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Alexei Savrasov, Spring Day, 1873
Alexei Kondratyevich Savrasov (May 24, 1830 – October 8, 1897)
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Main sources: The Encyclopædia Britannica and Wikipedia
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)

About Savrasov

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.

He was a mentor to artists Isaac Levitan and Konstantine Korovin who were grateful to him.

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30 July 2012

Monastery Gates, 1875