Category Archives: Painters

New Russian Classics

New Russian Classics ( is a website which seeks to promote and sell works by modern Russian artists in the genre of realism. While the site doesn’t appear to have been updated since 2009, the paintings available on it are worth a look, the majority of which are shown in this post.

Aleksandr Yurievich Averyanov is an artist famous for painting Russian battle scenes such as the Battle of 1812. Born in 1950 in the town of Lopasnya, Averyanov graduated from the M.I. Kalinin Moscow School of Art. Inspired by the works of his teacher, Sergey Prisekin, Averyanov is known for his paintings displaying Russian scenes of war, placing him at the forefront of traditionalist art revival during the 90’s. Averyanov’s simulataneous depiction of the chaos of war and nature of the lands in which they are set in have earned his works a place in several museums and private collections.

The site’s second artist is Aleksey Vitalievich Yevstigneyev, a landscape artist who depicts scenes of both the past and present. Born in Moscow on 1955, Yevstingneyev graduated from the Surikov Institute of Art and in 1984 became a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR and has been recognized by the American Biographic Society and the Russian Academy of Arts for his works. the majority of Yestigneyev’s works depict various places of Europe he has traveled to, although he has made a number of historic works as well.

Vasiliy Dmitrievich Yezdakov was born on 1929 and was a member of the Union of Artists of the Soviet Union. Vasiliy Yezdakov’s works are scenes of naval and fisherman life, possibly leading him to become an influence on his son, Oleg who is also featured on the New Russian Classics site.

Oleg Vasilievich Yezdakov, a painter who has created works ranging from landscapes to portraits of military officials. Born on 1959 to a family of artists in Moscow, Yezdakov also became a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR after graudating from the Surikov institute of Art. Yezdakov’s works are mostly comprised of nature paintings although his interest in the history of the Russian Military led to creation of several dioramas displayed in the Central Moscow Exhibition Center in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the USSR’s victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War.

Kira Sergeyevna Ivanova was born on 1928 in Samara. Graduating from the Moscow State Institute of Art, she too had become a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR and has participated in much of the union’s exhibitions. Her paintings, several of which have been created with her husband, Vasiliy Dmitrievich Yezdakov are mostly scenes of still life, historical battles, and the sea. Currently living in Moscow, she has since produced over 250 works, many of which have found places abroad in Western Europe.

Aleksandr Ivanovich Kurochkin was born in 1948 and attended the Oryol State Pedagogical Institute. In addition to teaching art he previously held a position as director for the Serpukhov Museum of History and Art. Kurochkin’s paintings which range from landscapes to still life, are found in various State museums in Russia as well as abroad in other countries.

Born in 1957, Aleksandr Sytov also attended the Surikov Institute of Art and been involved in various projects in art including the restoration of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, for which he was awarded the Order of Honour by President Dmitriy Medvedev. Several of Sytov’s works, which are primarily landscapes and portraits have been displayed at exhibitions in America as well as Russia.

Leonid Lvovich Shtrikman was born in 1968 in Moscow. Shtrikman attended the Moscow School of Art and later worked as a restorer of paintings for a state memorial in Kolomna. Like others here, Shtrikman’s works are mostly portraits and landscapes of various Russian figures and places.

Lastly is Sergei Nikolaevich Prisekin, arguably the most well-known of these artists. Born in 1959, Prisekin attended the Surikov Institute of Art and has since become an accomplished artists, today holding the position of Academician at the Moscow Academy of Arts. Prisekin’s travels to various parts of the Earth such as Latin America have added to his bright career as an artist, several of his works are even located within the Kremlin Palace itself. Primarily an artist of portraits, he has created several historical works dealing with periods such as the War of 1812 or the Great Patriotic War, possessing intricate detail, comparable to the likes of Ilya Glazunov.


Featured Artist: Mikhail Vasilyevich Nesterov | Михаил Васильевич Нестеров

Today’s featured artist is Mikhail Nesterov, another prominent Russian artist who is considered to be one of the most foremost figures of the Russian symbolism genre.

Like many other famous Russian artists, Nesterov was born in the 19th century, on the 31st of May in the city of Ufa. In 1874, his parents sent him to Moscow to study at a technical college. There his skills as an artist caught the eye of K. Trutovsky, an artist of some renown at the time. Nesterov, at the recommendation of Trutovsky, was sent to the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture and later in 1881, the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.

From 1890 on to about 1910, Nesterov lived in Kiev and St. Petersburg where his talents led him to paint frescoes on local churches including the Cathedral of St. Vladimir. Prior to his work as a church painter, Nesterov had yet to find a suitable style of art that interested him. But his work as a painter convinced him to begin using Christian themes in his art. This interest in religious themes would eventually define Nesterov’s style as an artist.

But religion alone did not inspire him, the death of his wife Olga, whom he had married a year earlier in 1885, had given Nesterov a reason to add emotion into his works. From then on the artist spent the remainder of his life in Moscow, occasionally taking trips to Italy or France or with the Peredvizhniki, a renowned society of artists that he was a member of.

The October Revolution had brought great setbacks to his work. Being a devout Christian, Nesterov did not support the October Revolution. Because of the newly-established communist government, which was largely atheistic, Nesterov was not able to continue painting works containing Christian themes in fear of the consequences that would follow. During this time until his death on October 18, 1942, Nesterov made few works, with most of them being portraits of various individuals.

But among such artists as Repin, Vasnetsov and Vereschagin, one cannot deny that Nesterov’s art, where his visualization of folklore and poetry through traditional Russian/Christian imagery has a special place among the Russian art world, undoubtably making him one of the best examples the Russian symbolist idea had to offer.


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Paintings by Vasiliy Timm

Vasiliy Timm is a Russian painter and illustrator of German descent who, like many others, made several paintings of Imperial Russia. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, Timm was the publisher of the Russian Art Sheet, an illustration-oriented publication published three times a week from 1851 to 1862. The publication usually contained reproductions of paintings, portraits of popular figures, and information on current events.

The artist had also made several ilustrations for books and lithographs of different figures and locations, one of those locations being Tbilisi, Georgia. But what was most interesting of all, were his paintings of early 19th century Russia, most notably of the Decembrist uprising in St. Petersburg, serving as one of the most recognizable images of the event.

In this post I wish to present these few, stunning works of art. The several paintings you see below are mostly depictions of royal ceremonies, but created in great detail, enough that one might actually get the feeling of being there. The works contain several interesting details, such as the Russian royalty’s two famous African servants dressed in Turkish attire, among other things.


The paintings were found from the following links.

Featured Artist: Boris Mikhailovich Olshankiy | Борис Михаилович Ольшанский

Today’s featured artist is Boris Olshanskiy, a lesser-known painter from the turn of the 21st century who drew fantastic scenes from Slavic mythology.

Amazingly, not much is known on the artist and unlike our previous artists, he has produced only several hundred works during his career as a painter, even fewer of which can be found on the internet. Born on February 25, 1956 in the city of Tambov, Olshanskiy attended the Penza Art College and the Moscow State Institute of Painting of V.I. Surikov. Following his graduation, Olshanskiy began to work in graphics and illustration in Moscow, his talents as an artist were soon noticed and in 1989, he was inducted as a member of the Union of Artists of Russia.

During the beginning of the Perestroika, Olshanskiy began to take an interest in painting and soon applied his interest of the ancient Slavs and their mythology to his work. In 1993, Olshanskiy organized his first personal exhibition, displaying over 300 works, in his time, he would take part in many more exhibitions both locally and abroad.

In recent times, Olshanskiy and his works have faded into obscurity, his most recent painting being from 2006, the artist himself is very rarely heard of nowadays. Despite this, Olshanskiy’s works have shaped the way many view Slavic myths, possibly as much as artists such as Ivan Bilibin or Viktor Korolkov.


See several more of Olshankiy’s work at the following links:

Featured Artist: Zdzislaw Beksinski

Today’s featured artist is Zdzislaw Beksinski, a surrealist artist/photographer from Poland. Beksinski was known for his sometimes gruesome and imaginative paintings he created during the end of the 20th century.

Unlike our previous artists, Beksinski was born during the mid-20th century, specifically February 24, 1929, in the town of Sanok. In 1947, Beksinski completed grammar school and enrolled in the Faculty of Architecture of the Krakow University of Technology. Completing the university in 1952, the painter worked as a construction site supervisor and later lived in Rzeszów until 1955 where he returned to Krakow with his wife.

Beksinski’s first public works of art, several artistic photos taken and edited were put on display at Warsaw, Gliwice, and Poznan. But major success did not reach him until 1964 when his talent as a painter had been discovered by Janusz Bogucki, who created an exhibition of his work. The event had turned out to become a success, as all of his works were sold.

This inspired Beksinski to continue his paintings of surrealism, the fantasy period as he called, would go on to be his most famous period and produce his most famous works. Following the development of computer image programs in the 1990’s, this became Beksinski’s medium during that period, although some traditional works were produced. The end of the 1990’s were also a tough time for the artist after the death of his wife in 1998 and his son’s suicide the following year.

The artist was murdered on February 21, 2005, just three days before his 76th birthday by the son of his caretaker after refusing a loan to him. Following his death, a museum dedicated to Beksinski was created in his hometown of Sanok, housing many of his works from his fantasy period. Many remember the artist’s charismatic personality and his sense of humor.

But what Beksinski is known for most is the work he created. His work is largely the product of his imagination, and although his paintings had several metaphorical aspects to them, sometimes dealing with religion or war, he was largely uninterested in the meaning of his work and preferred the viewer to find one themselves, this was also why Beksinski never titled his work. Beksinski also claimed many of his paintings were misinterpreted and while many thought his work to be negative or the result of depression, the author claims they were much to the contrary, some even being intended as humorous, although growing up during World War II is believed to have inspired some of paintings.

In retrospect, Beksinski has become one of Poland’s most well-known contemporary artists and has gained acclaim from across the world for his work, enthralling and inspiring all who view his work.


See more of Beksinski’s work here:


Featured Artist: Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin | Иван Иванович Шишкин

Today’s featured artist is Ivan Shishkin, a well-known Russian painter known for creating many scenes of Russian nature in pre-revolutionary Russia.

Ivan Shiskin was born in Elabuga of the Vyatka Governorate (Now Tatarstan) on January 25, 1832 to a merchant family. In his youth, Shishkin began to show an early skill for painting, this later convinced his father to send him to the Moscow School of Painting and Sculpture in 1852. Shortly after in 1856, he continued his education in the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts (he would later become a professor in the academy from 1873 to 1898).

His skill at the academy took off quickly, soon earning him a major gold medal, in addition to every other award the academy offered. This impressed his teachers enough to award him a grant for studying abroad in western Europe. He traveled to several countries including Switzerland, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

During that time, Shishkin made several etchings, the amazing attention to detail impressed several German critics in the town of Dusseldorf. This encouraged Shiskin to paint “View near Dusseldorf” in 1865, earning him the title of Academician (the painting itself was later displayed at the 1867 World’s Fair in Paris).

The same year, Shishkin returned to St. Petersburg to pursue his painting career. Shortly after joining the Peredvizhniki (Передвижники), he began traveling across the country and creating his most famous works. The artist was known for bright and colorful depictions of nature, which amazed many far and wide, later allowing him to take part of several exhibitions at the Academy of Arts, the All Russian Exhibition in Moscow, and several appearances at the World’s Fairs.

Although contrary to the themes present in his works, his personal life was very troubled as both his first and second wives died, in addition to his children. Despite this, Shishkin never reflected this in his paintings and continued his work at his Dacha south of St. Petersburg.

The painter died in 1898, at work in front of a canvas. Despite living for only 66 years, his works have received praise all across Europe, one of his famous works, “Morning in a Pine Forest” (A copy of which hangs in the Museum of Russian Culture) is located in the Hermitage and is even found on the wrapper of a popular Russian candy.

Ivan Shishkin is regarded as one of the most prominent examples of Russian pre-revolutionary artists, later inspiring several other artists after the painter’s passing.


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Featured Artist: Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky | Иван Константинович Айвазовский

Our second featured artist is Armenian artist Ivan Aivazovsky. Like several others of his time, Aivazovsky was known for painting scenes of naval warfare among other things.

Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky was born on July 29, 1817 as Hovhannes Aivazian to Armenian parents in Feodosiya, a town in Crimea. At a young age, his artistic talents began to show, he would often make elaborate drawings on the city’s white walls using charcoal. These drawings were noticed by A. Kaznacheyev, the town’s governor, earning him an education in high school and later at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts.

The painter first gained an interest in painting naval battles after taking part in exercises on the Baltic Sea Fleet, at the instruction of his teacher at the academy.Aivazovsky’s first award was in 1837, when one (Calm in the Gulf of Finland) of his five paintings displayed at an exhibition in the academy. Aivazovsky’s first major success was during his trip to Italy where he made paintings of several cities including the coast of Venice. This impressed the locals, bringing him unusual popularity.

In 1845, the painter set out on a voyage across Greece and Asia minor. Later, Sultan Abdulmecid invited the artist to visit the city of Constantinople as a painter for Sultans Abdulmecid, Abdulaziz, and Abdulhamid. To this day, a number of Aivazovsky’s paintings are on display in various parts of Turkey.

Returning to Russia in 1848, he married English governess Julia Graves with whom he had four children with. After dissolving the marriage, Aivazovsky married Anna Boornazian at the age of 48. Later in life, the painter traveled across the word including Egypt where he was invited for the opening of the Suez Canal and received the honor of becoming the first artist to create a painting of the canal. It was a well known fact that Aivazovsky possessed a keen interest in world events, this was evident in 1879 when he traveled to Genoa to collect information on Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the new world.

In his time, Aivazovsky is said to have made over 6,000 works, which he used the funds from to open an art school, opened a museum, and began the first archaelogical dig in the area among other things. The painter died on May 5, 1900 at the age of 82 in his hometown. The artist left behind a sizeable legacy, not excluding his contributions outside of art. His artworks impressed many, most notably Admiral Kornilov, who sent a squadron of battleships to the artist’s town to celebrate his tenth anniversary of his art career.


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