Yefim Volkov

Yefim Yefimovich Volkov (Russian: Ефим Ефимович Волков; 4 April 1844, Saint Petersburg — 17 February 1920, Saint Petersburg) was a Russian landscape painter.[1]

Yefim Volkov
Ефим Ефимович Волков
Efim Volkov by Alexandr Makovsky.jpg
Volkov (1914),
by Aleksandr Makovsky
Born(1844-04-04)April 4, 1844
DiedFebruary 17, 1920(1920-02-17) (aged 75)
EducationMember Academy of Arts (1899)
Full Member Academy of Arts (1895)
Alma materImperial Academy of Arts (1870)
Known forPainting


His father was a feldsher and his family was poor. He was briefly employed by the Ministry of Justice. In 1866, he began to take drawing lessons at the "Imperial Society for the Encouragement of the Arts".[2] He later studied at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts and honed his skills by doing sketches from nature. In 1870, he received the title of "Free Artist" in recognition of his painting "View of Saint Petersburg and Vicinity".

In 1878, he joined the "Association of Travelling Art Exhibitions" (Peredvizhniki) and presented annual displays of his work under their aegis.[1] The death of his daughter in 1884 caused him several years of grief but, in 1888, he was finally able to make an extensive tour of Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Palestine with his wife, where he painted landscapes with sea views.[2] Later, they toured the Volga region.

He became a full member of the Academy in 1895 and was named an Academician four years later. After the events of Bloody Sunday, the Peredvizhniki came under police scrutiny, interest in their work began to decline and Volkov's career never recovered. He died in "genteel poverty" at his home on Vasilievsky Island.

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  1. ^ a b Frida Roginskaya, List of members of the Peredvizhniki: Historical Essays, Moscow, Искусство (1989) ISBN 5-87685-054-3
  2. ^ a b Russian Painting: Brief biography

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