Soviet Russian artist Alexandr Moravov 1878-1951
Soviet Russian artist Alexandr Moravov
Alexander Viktorovich Moravov was one of the artists who brought in the Russian painting of the XX century the tradition of “peasant genre”, going from the Wanderers. Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1946). Full member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1949). Alexander Moravov was born in the village of Velikaya Motovilovka in the former province of Kiev. His father, a well-educated man, was fond of art, and he was friends with such famous artists as N.N. Ge and M.A. Vrubel.
Surrounded by the creative atmosphere, the boy started drawing very early. Since 1888, he studied at the Kiev Art School, headed by N.I. Murashko. In 1897-1902 he studied at the Moscow University of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, workshops of N.A. Kasatkin, K.A. Korovin, A.M. Korin and A.E. Arkhipov, who had a particularly great influence on the young man.
Since 1904 – a member and a regular participant of exhibitions of Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions. His paintings of pre-revolutionary times, “Harvesting Potatoes” (1904), “Sheaf of the Sheaves” (1905), “Heavy Thoughts” (1908), etc. depicted the hard work and sorrowful life of the poor peasantry of tsarist Russia.
In 1923, Moravov joins the Association of artists of revolutionary Russia (AHRR) and works a lot, participating in all the exhibitions of the association. Especially popular during this period was his canvas “In the rural registry office” (1929), where the artist flashed a picturesque juiciness, which determined optimism of the general mood. Along with the peasant theme, Alexander Moravov continues to develop the best traditions of the Moscow Impressionist School of K.A. Korovin and A.E. Arkhipov.