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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

 
 
 
 



Portrait of Victor Vasnetsov
1925


Amazon. (Portrait of the Artist's Daughter, O.M.Nesterova-Shreter)
1906


Natasha Nesterova
1914


Portrait of O.M.Nesterova-Shreter (the Artist's Daughter)
1905


Portrait of Elena Rasumova


Portrait of Ekaterina Nesterova
1905


Portrait of Ekaterina Nesterova
1906


Sasha
1915


Portrait of Natalia Yashvil
1905


Portrait of Lev Tolstoy
1907


A Sick Girl
1928


Thinker
1921


Portrait of Sofia Tutcheva
1927


Portrait of Pavel Korin
1925


Portrait of Korin Brothers
1930


Portrait of Alexey Severtsov


Portrait of Ivan Pavlov
1930


Portrait of Ivan Pavlov
1935


Portrait of Sergey Yudin
1935


Portrait of Elizaveta Kruglikova
1938


Portrait of Elizaveta Kruglikova


Portrait of Elizaveta Tal


Capri. Blossoming Almond-trees
1908




Autumn
1906


A Pond
1906


Peonies
1908


Aksakov's Homeland
1914

 
 
 

 
 
 
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