Russian artist Sergey Kirillov

Minstrel. 2007
Minstrel. 2007. Russian artist Sergey Kirillov

Russian artist Sergey Kirillov was born in 1960. Behind the historical paintings is the hard work of the author, his multi-day study of historical materials, many hours of conversation with the largest specialists in history, numerous sketches of the characters and the details of the painting. This approach to creativity began when Sergei Kirillov worked under the guidance of Professor D.K. Mochalsky on the diploma painting “Peter the Great”, at the Moscow State Art Institute named after VI Surikov, from which he graduated in 1984. Sergey Kirillov is the Honored Artist of Russia. His works are in the State Tretyakov Gallery, art museums in many Russian cities.

Russian artist Sergey Kirillov
The dome. (Reconstruction of the author). From the series ‘The Moscow Kremlin in the XVII century’. 1990

The second half of the 1980’s – the time of becoming an artist, when Kirillov accessed to two tragic and controversial personalities in the history of the Russian state. From 1985 to 1988 he worked on the movie “Stepan Razin”, from 1988 to 1990 – “Ivan the Terrible”.

Russian artist Sergey Kirillov
Young woman. Portrait of a series of ‘Russian people’. 1995

The next step in the work of Kirillov – understanding the national spiritual tradition in the paintings of “The Princess Olga/ Baptism/, St. Sergius of Radonezh/ Blessing/ Basil/ Prayer/ combined into a triptych of “Holy Russia” and causing great attraction and pride for our people.

Village Gorohovo. 1992
Village Gorohovo. 1992

Our ancestors have for centuries sought to combine the historical narrative with an artistic interpretation of the past. So-called “face” (illustrated) records and other hand-written works have always revered in Russia. As time went on, historical conditions changed, and with them, changed graphic styles and means. Iconographic style is complemented with realistic and secular subjects. Portrait painting has taken its place in the cultural life. Despite the increasing chronological distance, the artists did not refuse to implement the canvas with historical paintings of bygone eras. And that’s understandable. Folk wisdom says: “It is better to see once than hear a hundred times”.

Russian artist Sergey Kirillov
The royal chambers. (Reconstruction of the author. Variant). From the series ‘The Moscow Kremlin in the XVII century’. 1995

Approaching this difficult path, each artist must feel great responsibility for the accuracy, depicted truthfulness. The artist gives something more to the viewer to enter the inner world of people of past times. This is achieved by careful study of historical sources that are relevant to the topic chosen by the artist. In them, he can find those faces that often remain hidden from the historian and researcher. Art-historical album of famous painter S.A. Kirillov meets the criteria of reliability and responsibility of the reader and the viewer, and is the result of years of work of the author with the historical material. Creativity of Sergei Kirillov is an example of a harmonic union of painting and history. No wonder the painting took a well-deserved place in textbooks next to the paintings of the great masters such as V.I.Surikov, Ilya Repin, V.M. Vasnetsov.

Russian artist Sergey Kirillov
The House of the council Averkiy Kirillov. (Reconstruction of the author). From the series ‘In Moscow XVII century’. 1995

Fame to the artist brought the historical paintings “Stepan Razin”, “Princess Olga”, “Ivan the Terrible”, “St. Sergius of Radonezh”, “Dmitry Donskoy”. Currently Sergey Kirillov is the leading artist and the author of the number of publications on the history of Russia. Since 1987, he held 25 personal exhibitions in Moscow and other cities of the country.

The figure of the jester. 1994
The figure of the jester. 1994
Russian artist Sergey Kirillov
St. Sergius of Radonezh. (Blessing). The second part of the trilogy ‘Holy Russia’. 1992
The bride. 1991
The bride. 1991
Russian artist Sergey Kirillov
Basil. (Prayer). The third part of the trilogy ‘Holy Russia’. 1994
Russian artist Sergey Kirillov
Boy archer. Portrait of a series of ‘Russian people’. 1990
Cap of Monomakh. 1993
Cap of Monomakh. 1993
Russian artist Sergey Kirillov
Church of St. John the Baptist in Pskov in the XIII century. 1992
Dmitry Donskoy. 2005
Dmitry Donskoy. 2005
Figure of Razin. Study for 'Stepan Razin'. 1986
Figure of Razin. Study for ‘Stepan Razin’. 1986
Jester with a cap of Monomakh. 1999
Jester with a cap of Monomakh. 1999
Russian artist Sergey Kirillov
Kremlin. Luna. From the series ‘City of Pskov in the XVII century’. 1990
Kulikovo field. 1995
Kulikovo field. 1995
Peter the Great. 1982-1984
Peter the Great. 1982-1984
Portrait of a Girl. 2001
Portrait of a Girl. 2001
Portrait of a People's Artist of the USSR Yuri Mefod'evich Solomin. 2000
Portrait of a People’s Artist of the USSR Yuri Mefod’evich Solomin. 2000
Portrait of PA Stolypin. 1998
Portrait of PA Stolypin. 1998
Princess Olga (Epiphany). The first part of the trilogy 'Holy Russia'. 1993
Princess Olga (Epiphany). The first part of the trilogy ‘Holy Russia’. 1993
Russian artist Sergey Kirillov
‘Razin is driven!’ Sketch of ‘Stepan Razin’. (N7). 1986
Royal falconer. Portrait of a series of 'Russian people'. 1992
Royal falconer. Portrait of a series of ‘Russian people’. 1992
Russian beauty. Portrait of a series of 'Russian people'. 1994
Russian beauty. Portrait of a series of ‘Russian people’. 1994
Sea-going vessels to be! (Peter I). 1985
Sea-going vessels to be! (Peter I). 1985
Sketch 'Ivan the Terrible'. (N2). 1989
Sketch ‘Ivan the Terrible’. (N2). 1989

 

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