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Vasily Surikov

Born: Krasnoyarsk (Siberia), 24 January 1848
Died: Moscow, 19 March 1916
Nationality: Russian

son of a government official


Imperial Academy of Art (1869-75, St Petersburg)


1874 - Imperial Academy of Art prize for sketch The Feast of Balthasar

1881 - exhibits The Morning of the Streltsi Execution at Nineth Peredvizhniki (Wanderers) Exhibition

1876 - commissioned to decorate Christ the Savior cathedral in Moscow; moves to Moscow

1893 - member of Russian Academy of Arts


Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Spain

Important Artworks: 

Boyarynya Morozova, 1887 (Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow)

Crossing of the Alps by Suvorov's Army, 1899 (Russian Museum, St Petersburg). More than 2,000 Russians died in a battle against Napoleon in the St Gotthard's Pass in Switzerland in 1799. See also Joseph Turner, Devil's Bridge.

Web Resources

Tretyakov Gallery: Surikov