Abram Arkhipov

Born: 1862, Yegorovo (Ryazan Province)
Died: 1930, Moscow

Painter, teacher. Born Abram Pyrikov to a poor peasant family in the remote village of Yegorovo in Ryazan Province (1862). Studied under Vasily Perov, Alexei Savrasov, Vasily Polenov, Illarion Pryanishnikov and Vladimir Makovsky at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1877–83, 1886–88) and under Bogdan Gottfried Willewalde at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1884–86). Awarded a major silver medal and the title of class artist (1887). Travelled down the River Volga (1888). Academician of painting (1898), full member of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1916). Painted Impressionist works depicting the hard life of Russian women (1890s), north Russian landscapes (1900s) and peasant girls in bright national costumes (1910s). Visited France, Germany and Italy (1896, 1912). Founding member of the Union of Russian Artists (1903) and the Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (1924), member of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (from 1891) and 36 Artists (from 1901). Taught at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1894–1918), State Free Art Studios (1918–20) and VKhUTEMAS in Moscow (1922–24). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1880). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Moscow Society of Lovers of the Arts (1889–93), Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (1889–1901), Pan-Russian Exhibition in Nizhny Novgorod (1896), 36 Artists (1901–03), World of Art (1903), Union of Russian Artists (1903–14, 1922), Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia (1923–28), Fire-Colour (1926), Exposition Universelle in Paris (1900, bronze medal) and the international exhibitions in Düsseldorf (1904), Munich (1909, gold medal), Rome (1911) and Venice (1924). People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1927).

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