Alexei Stepanov

Born: 1858, Simferopole
Died: 1923, Moscow

Painter, graphic artist, illustrator, teacher. Born in Simferopole to a veteran of the Crimean War called Stepan Stepanov (1858). Lost his parents at an early age and sent to the Nicholas Institute for Orphans in Moscow (1863). Graduated from the Konstantin Boundary Institute (1879) and studied under Illarion Pryanishnikov, Vasily Polenov and Yevgraf Sorokin at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1880–84). Awarded a minor silver medal (1883) and a major silver medal and the title of class artist (1884). Illustrated the Nature and Hunting magazine (1883–95). Visited Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy with collector Nikolai Medyntsev (1894) and married his daughter Lyudmila (1895). Academician of painting (1905). Member of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (from 1891) and founding member of the Union of Russian Artists (1903). Taught animal painting at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1899–1918). Died in Moscow and buried at the Vagankovo Cemetery (1923). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1881). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Moscow Society of Lovers of the Arts (1885–97, 1908), Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (1888–1909), Moscow Fellowship of Artists (1894, 1895), 36 Artists (1901, 1902), Union of Russian Artists (1903–23), Exposition Universelle in Paris (1900) and a posthumous retrospective at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow (1948).

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