Andrei Andreyevich Popov

Born: 1832, Tula
Died: 1896, Nizhny Novgorod

Painter, draughtsman, teacher. Born in Tula in the family of a provincial icon-painter called Andrei Popov (1832). Studied under his father in Tula and under Maxim Vorobyov and Bogdan Gottfried Willewalde at the Imperial Academy of Arts (1846–58). Paid a grant by the Society for the Encouragement of Artists (1849). Awarded two minor silver medals (1852, 1853), a major silver medal (1854), a minor gold medal (1856) and the title of first-class artist (1858). Worked under Ivan Vistelius at the Academy as an assistant teacher of drawing (1858–59) and won a major gold medal and the title of first-class artist (1860). Lived and worked in St Petersburg (1861–62). Fellow of the Imperial Academy of Arts in Paris (1863–65) and Rome (1865–67). Visited Germany and Belgium and returned to Russia (1867). Lived in Kaluga, Tula and Nizhny Novgorod (from 1870s). Abandoned painting due to constant illness (1870s) and died in poverty of tuberculosis in Nizhny Novgorod (1896). Contributed to exhibitions (from 1855). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1855–73, 1878, 1881), Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1860), Moscow Society of Lovers of the Arts (1872), Pan-Russian Exhibition of Art and Industry in Moscow (1882), Great London Exposition (1862) and the Exposition Universelle in Paris (1867, 1881).

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