Carl Johann Lemoch

Born: 1841, Moscow
Died: 1910, St Petersburg

Painter, draughtsman, lithographer, teacher. Born in Moscow (1841) to German lecturer of music Vinzenz Lemoch (1792–1884) and his wife Elisabeth Schildbach (1811–1880). Studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1851–56) and under Pyotr Basin and Alexei Markov at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1858–63). Awarded minor silver medals (1859, 1861), major silver medals (1861, 1862) and a minor gold medal (1863). One of the rebellious fourteen students who refused to paint the set topic in the competition for a major gold medal and resigned from the Imperial Academy of Arts with the title of second-class artist (1863). Founding member of the St Petersburg Artel of Artists (1863) and the Society of Travelling Art Exhibitions (1870; expelled in 1871, reinstated in 1878, board member from 1879, treasurer from 1880). Awarded the title of first-class artist (1868), academician (1875), full member of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1893), councillor (1895–1900). Changed his first name to Kirill after being invited to the imperial court to teach drawing and painting to the children of Tsar Alexander III (1870s–80s). Curator of the art department of the Alexander III Russian Museum (1897–1909). Died in St Petersburg and buried at the Convent of Our Lady of Kazan in the village of Golovino near Moscow (1910).

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