Viktor Vasnetsov’s birthday
Originally shared by Dirk Puehl
#onthisday in 1848, the Russian artist Viktor Mikhaylovich Vasnetsov, specialised in mythological and historical subjects with a symbolist touch, was born in a village of the Vyatka Governorate, 300 miles north of Kazan.
His post-Romantic, Symbolist visions painted after 1876 fell on the fertile ground laid by the Russian revivalists, a movement similar to those of most European nations bethinking themselves on their mostly imaginary roots back then in the second half of the 19th century. Vasnetsov became a key player among the Russian revivalists with his imaginations of fairy tale princesses, knights and flying carpets in a visual vehemence few other artists of the period achieved. Read more on:
Depicted below is Vasnetsov’s “Bogatyrs”, showing the three mythical Russian knights Dobrynya Nikitich, Ilya Muromets and Alyosha Popovich in half-mythical, half-historic armour of the Kievan Rus (1898).
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