Sergei VINOGRADOV 1869 — 1938
Сергій Арсенович ВИНОГРАДОВ • Сергей Арсенович ВИНОГРАДОВ
Born in the village of Bolshiye Soli in Kostroma province in 1869. Died in Riga in 1938. Vinogradov was the son of a country clergyman. He received his artistic education at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. V.D. Polenov had a particularly strong influence on the young painter. Studying under him, Vinogradov was able to find his own theme in landscape—plein air with effects, such as sunset illumination. After his early, predominantly genre paintings, the artist concentrated on Impressionist landscape during the 1900s–1910s. As a Peredvizhnik (a member of the Russian school of realist painters from the second half of the 19th century), Vinogradov took part in the creation of the “Union of Russian Artists” in 1903. It united Russian painters of the beginning of the 20th century and, being based on the achievements of 19th century Russian art in landscape and genre, enriched the country’s painting with a new understanding of color and light that was close to Impressionism. From 1925, the artist lived in Riga where he established his own art school.