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Modern Art - Russian Post-Impressionist Painter Igor Grabar

Igor Grabar (1871-1960) was a Russian post-impressionist painter, notable for a peculiar divisionist painting technique bordering on pointillism and his rendition of snow. He was also a historian of art, restorer and publisher. A descendant of a wealthy Rusyn family, Igor Grabar was born in Budapest and after his family moved to Russia, he was sent to a boarding school in Moscow. In 1889, he enrolled in the Law Department of the Saint Petersburg University, where, as a student, he made living by selling short stories to magazines, soon becoming the editor of "the weakest of humour magazines" Shut and later moving up to the respectable Niva magazine.

After graduating the Saint Petersburg University, Grabar was admitted in Ilya Repin's class at the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1894. His student fellows included, among others, Nicholas Roerich, amazing Philipp Malyavin, Konstantin Somov. Igor remained "a fervent admirer" of Repin for life. In 1896, he left for Munich, enrolled at a private school of painting of Anton Ažbe and soon became assistant to Ažbe. Two years later, Grabar was offered an opportunity to open his own school, but Ažbe made him his equal partner, not for long though, as Grabar accepted a lucrative offer from Prince Shcherbatov and left Munich.

Igor Grabar was known as an art critic - he wrote and published a series of books on contemporary and historic Russian painters. In 1910s, Grabar published his opus magnum, the History of Russian Art - he wrote the issues on architecture that set an unsurpassed standard of understanding and presenting the subject. In 1913, Igor Grabar was appointed executive director of the Tretyakov Gallery and became the first professor of Art restoration at the Moscow State University (now Grabar Institute).


The painter was also an experienced politician and stayed at the top of the Soviet art establishment until his death. He personally advised Joseph Stalin on the preservation of architectural heritage after the war.
detailed biography - wikipedia.org












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