Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoy

1837-1887 Russia/Realism

 

Brief Biography-Ivan Nikolaevich (Nikolayevich) Kramskoy (Kramskoi) picked up drawing at a very young age, and as a teenager, received instruction from an icon artist. At the age of twenty, the Saint Petersburg Imperial Academy of Fine Arts admitted him. He rebelled against a neoclassical instruction format and formed a breakaway group opposed to Academic art. A contemporary of his was Ilya Repin, who remained with the Academic ideal.
The group, the Society for Itinerant Art Exhibitions, called the itinerants, roamed Russia exhibiting their works. Kramskoy travelled Europe, and in Russia, he arranged the exhibitions for the group. He did portraits of notable people and also painted religious works while the renowned art patron Pavel Tretyakov collected many of his paintings. He became an Academician at the Saint Petersburg Academy in 1869. Kramskoy died with his brush in his hand in 1887. His best-known paintings are Portrait of an Unknown Woman, Christ in the Desert, Portrait of Leo Tolstoy and Portrait of Ivan Shishkin.

 

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Girl and Cat

Girl and Cat

An Unknown
Woman

A Woman


A Woman

Portrait of a Woman


Alexander III

Tsar Alexander Three


Bee Keeper

Bee Keeper


Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy


Ivan N Kramskoi

Ivan Nikolayevich Kramskoi


Grief

Grief

Christ
in the Desert

Christ in the Desert


Peasant

Peasant Holding a Bridle


Old Man

Old Man with a Crutch


Maria Feodorovna

Maria Feodorovna


Insulted Boy

Insulted Jewish Boy


Ivan Shishkin

Ivan Shishkin


Ivan Shishkin

Ivan Shishkin


The Mermaids

The Mermaids


portrait of sergei

portrait of sergei kramskoy the artist's son

Vladimir
Solovyov

Vladimir Solovyov


Moonlight Night

Moonlight Night


Self-portrait

Self-portrait

Portrait
of a Boy

Portrait of a Boy


the artist's son

portrait of sergei the artist s son


In The Park-

In The Park-The Artist’s Wife And Daughter


Kramskoy Painting

Kramskoy Painting a Portrait of his Daughter