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Mikhail Nesterov





 


 

Mikhail Nesterov

 

(b Ufa [now in Bashkirskaya Republic of Russia], 31 May 1862; d Moscow, 18 Oct 1942).

Russian painter. From 1877 to 1881 and again from 1884 to 1886 he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture under the Realist painters Vasily Perov and Illarion Pryanishnikov. Between 1881 and 1884 he worked under Pavel Chistyakov (1832–1919) at the Academy of Arts, St Petersburg. At the estate of Savva Mamontov at Abramtsevo he met the most influential painters of the period, then at the epicentre of the development of Russian Art Nouveau. Nesterov sought to combine this style with a deep Orthodox belief; however, in his desire to revive religious art he was influenced more by French Symbolism, particularly by Bastien-Lepage, than by old Russian icon painting. All of Nesterov’s canvases are marked by a lyrical synthesis between the figures and their landscape surroundings, as in Hermit (1888–9; Moscow, Tret’yakov Gal.), which shows the stooped figure of an old man against a northern landscape of stunted trees and still water. The large oil painting Vision of Young Bartholomew (1889–90; Moscow, Tret’yakov Gal.) depicts the legend of the childhood of the Russian saint Sergey of Radonezh. A monk appears to the young Bartholomew (the future St Sergius) and prophesies a glorious future for him. The simplified outlines and muted colours of the Abramtsevo landscape recall the works of the French artist Puvis de Chavannes, which Nesterov saw on a trip to Paris in 1889.

 

 

 
 
Self-portrait
1915



 

Self-Portrait
1928


 

Saint Russia


 

The Vision of the Youth Bartholomew


 

Portrait of a Girl
Study for "Youth of St. Sergiy Radonezhsky"


 

Portrait of Apollinary Vasnetsov
Study for "Youth of St. Sergiy Radonezhsky"
1890


 

Visiting a  Sorcerer: Love Drink is Needed
1888


 
 
 
The Great Taking of Monastic Vows


 
 
 
Sisters
1915


 

 Two Harmonies
1905



 

A Girl with Kokoshnik
1885


 
 
 A Little Fox
1914



 

Hermit
1889


 

On the Hills
1896


 

  By the Monastery Gate
1925



 
 
 
Thoughts
1900


 

Elegy. Blind Musician
1928


 

Prince Alexander Nevsky


 

 The Youth of St. Sergiy Radonezhsky



 
 
 
A Girl by the Pond


 

On the Eve of Annunciation Feast



 
 
 
Dmitry-tzarevich the Slain



 
 
 
Silence
1903


 
 
 Still Waters
1922



 

Reedpipe
1931


 
 
 
Archbishop
1917


 

Spring
1933


 
 
 
Death of Prince Alexandr Nevsky
1900
Sketch for painting of the church of Alexandr Nevsky in Ambastuman, Georgia



 

 St. George the Victorious
1900
Sketch for painting of church of Alexandr Nevsky in Ambastuman, Georgia


 
 
 Winter in a Small and Secluded Monastery
1904


 
 
 
Portrait of E.P.Nesterova Embroidering
1909



 
 
 
Philosophers (Portrait of P.Florensky and S.Bulgakov)
1917
 

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