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Aleksandr Andreevich Ivanov
(July 28, 1806 - July 15, 1858) Russia

Aleksandr Ivanov

Painter

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Aleksandr was born in St. Petersburg. He was the foremost religious painter in 19th-century Russia. While maintaining the traditions of his academic mentors, including his father Andrey Ivanov (c. 1772 - 1848), a history painter of some merit, and Aleksey Yegorov (1776 - 1851), Ivanov also investigated new formal resolutions that have been compared to those of Cézanne and Mikhail Vrubel'.

Ivanov trained at the Academy of Arts, St Petersburg, from 1817 to 1828, first as an external student and subsequently full-time, receiving a gold medal for his Joseph Interpreting the Dreams of his Fellow Prisoners, a Wine Merchant and a Caterer (St Petersburg).

In 1830 he received a scholarship from the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts to study abroad, and from 1830 to 1857 he lived in Italy, at that time full of Russian artists studying under the auspices of the St Petersburg Academy of Arts or the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, two august institutions that looked askance at innovative tendencies and urged their pensionnaires to uphold the classical tradition. He died in St Petersburg.

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