Sergei Korovin

Born: 1858, Moscow
Died: 1908, Moscow

Painter, graphic artist, illustrator, teacher. Elder brother of Konstantin Korovin. Born in Moscow in the family of an Old Believer merchant called Alexei Korovin (1858). Studied under Vasily Perov, Alexei Savrasov, Vladimir Makovsky and Illarion Pryanishnikov at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1876–86). Awarded two minor silver medals (1879, 1881) and the title of class artist (1886). Travelled along the River Volga (early 1880s), visited Germany and France (1893). Member of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (1885) and the World of Art (1900), founding member of the Union of Russian Artists (1903). Collaborated with the Rainbow and Russia magazines (1883–84) and illustrated Nikolai Gogol’s The Overcoat (1900–08). Accompanied the Sumy Hussars Regiment on manoeuvres (1887–88), worked on the Soldier series (1880s) and the Battle of Kulikovo panel for the History Museum (1900–08). Taught at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1888–94, 1898–1908). Died suddenly of heart failure at the age of fifty in Moscow (1908). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1879). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (1885, 1891, 1893), Moscow Society of Lovers of the Arts (1885, 1886, 1887, 1895), Moscow Fellowship of Artists (1895), 36 Artists (1901, 1902), World of Art (1902, 1903), Union of Russian Artists (1903–08, memorial exhibition in 1909) and a retrospective at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow (1948).

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