Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Philosophers. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Philosophers. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov. Russian artist Mikhail Vasilievich Nesterov (31 May 1862 – 18 October 1942) was born in Ufa into a merchant family. He received higher artistic education at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1877-1881 and 1884-1886), where his teachers were V.G. Perov, A.K. Savrasov, I.M. Pryanishnikov and the Academy of Arts (1881-1884), where he studied at P.P. Chistyakov. Mikhail Nesterov lived mainly in Moscow, and visited Western Europe, including France and Italy. He worked in Moscow (Abramtzevo Trinity-Sergius Lavra and their surroundings). Was a member of the “Association of the Wanderers.”

Alexander Nevsky. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Alexander Nevsky. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

His early paintings more often depicted everyday life, then later, they showed folklore character (“For the love potion”, 1888), the atmosphere of religious legends (“The Hermit” , 1888-1889). Painting under the influence of French symbolism emphasized idyllic sincere unity of his characters and the natural environment. This is the famous “Young Bartholomew’s Vision” (future Sergius of Radonezh, 1889-1890), written near Abramtzevo – painting, where with a wonderful feeling permeated equally figures and the typical-central Russian landscapes.

Angel at the Holy Sepulchre. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Angel at the Holy Sepulchre. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Since then the artist has been working in the field of religious and monumental-decorative art: painting in the cathedral in Kiev (1890-1895), created mosaics and icons in the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg (1894-1897), painted in the church of Alexander Nevsky in Abastuman (1902-1904), the Intercession Church of Martha and Mary Convent in Moscow (1908-1911). Here was fixed the tradition of “church modernity” that fills canonical church stories with deep lyricism.

Annunciation. Virgin Mary. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Annunciation. Virgin Mary. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

In the monumental lyrical portraits of the artist most expressive were the images of relatives and close spiritual people (“Amazon”, 1906, “Philosophers”, 1917). In large, “cathedral” pictures Nesterov seeks to express the great frontiers of spiritual renewal (“Great vows” 1897 “Holy Russia”, 1901-1906). The biggest painting of the master, “In Russia” (“soul of the people”, 1916), includes “The Enchanted Wanderer” figures of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Vladimir Solovyov. Always very important, and sometimes self-worth role of lyrical landscape (painted after Solovki impressions “Silence,” 1903).

Archbishop Anthony Volynskii. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Archbishop Anthony Volynskii. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

After the revolution Nesterov retires in artwork. Religious subjects are still present in the works. During these years, the artist best expresses himself in portraits. These are the “Artists A.D. and P.D. Korins” (1930), “Academician Pavlov” (1935), “Sculptor I.D.Shadr” (1934), “The sculptor Vera Mukhina” (1940), etc. In the last decades of his life Nesterov enthusiastically worked on the memories that came out as a book (titled “the old days”) in the year of his death. Nesterov died in Moscow October 18, 1942.

At Blagovist. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

At Blagovist. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Autumn landscape. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Autumn landscape. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Autumn. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Autumn. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Bartholomew. sketch. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Bartholomew. sketch. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Beautiful spring, 1922. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Beautiful spring, 1922. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

bride of Christ. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

bride of Christ. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Dmitry, the murdered prince. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Dmitry, the murdered prince. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Early spring. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Early spring. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Elegy. blind Musician. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Elegy. blind Musician. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

For love potion. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

For love potion. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Fox. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Fox. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

great vows. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

great vows. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

head of Princess. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

head of Princess. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Hermit fathers and Blessed virgins. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Hermit fathers and Blessed virgins. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Hermit. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Hermit. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Holy man Abraham. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Holy man Abraham. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Holy Paphnuty Borovsky. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Holy Paphnuty Borovsky. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Holy Russia. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Holy Russia. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

In Russia (Soul of People). Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

In Russia (Soul of People). Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

In the autumn forest. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

In the autumn forest. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Lel. Spring. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Lel. Spring. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Leo Tolstoy. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Leo Tolstoy. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Motherland of Aksakov. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Motherland of Aksakov. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

On the hills. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

On the hills. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Portrait of his wife, E.P.Nesterova. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Portrait of his wife, E.P.Nesterova. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Proceedings of St. Sergius of Radonezh. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Proceedings of St. Sergius of Radonezh. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Saint Varvara. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Saint Varvara. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Sergius of Radonezh and a bear. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Sergius of Radonezh and a bear. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Sergius of Radonezh. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Sergius of Radonezh. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Silence. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Silence. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Sisters. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Sisters. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Thoughts. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Thoughts. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Two Harmonies. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Two Harmonies. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

wayfarer. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

wayfarer. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Winter in the monastery. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Winter in the monastery. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

Young Bartholomew's Vision. Saint Russia by Mikhail Nesterov

Young Bartholomew’s Vision. Painting by Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov

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