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Early Days:

   Viktor Vasnetsov was born in a remote village Lopyal of Vyatka guberniya in 1848. His father Mikhail Vasilievich Vasnetsov, a village priest, was a well-educated 'philosophy-inclined' man interested in natural science, astronomy and painting. His grandfather was an icon painter. Two of his three sons, Viktor and Apollinary, became remarkable painters, the third one becoming a schoolteacher. Recalling his childhood in a letter to Vladimir Stasov, Vasnetsov remarked that he "had lived with peasant children and liked them not as a narodnik but as a friend".

Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov


Personal Details


Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov

Place of birth

Lopyal of Vyatka guberniya

Date of Birth

May 15, 1848

Date of Death

June 23, 1926




Artist, Painter



   From the age of ten, Viktor studied in a seminary in Vyatka, each summer moving with his family to a rich merchant village of Ryabovo. During his seminary years, he worked for a local icon shopkeeper. He also helped an exiled Polish artist, Michal Elwiro Andriolli, to execute frescoes for Vyatka's Alexander Nevsky cathedral.

   Having graduated from the seminary, Viktor decided to move to Saint Petersburg to study art. He auctioned his paintings of Woman Harvester and Milk-maid (both 1867) in order to raise money required for the trip to the Russian capital.

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Work by Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov

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