Read the biography of Vasily Grigorievich Perov and watch all his paintings

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Vasily Perov was a great Russian artist of the 19th century, whose work opened up new horizons for Russian art . His paintings are deep and complex, and demonstrate the whole truth of the hard life of the people. Vasily was also a great teacher who brought up more than a dozen really great painters. Watch all his paintings in a slide show and enjoy his biography.

  • paintings of Vasily Grigorevich Perov
  • Self-portrait. 1851
  • Portrait of N. G. Kridener, the artist's brother. 1856
  • The arrival of the police officer for the investigation. 1857
  • Wanderer. 1859
  • Scene at the grave. 1859
  • First rank. 1860
  • Portrait of an unknown. 1860s
  • Portrait of E. E. Perova. OK. 1860
  • Village procession at Easter - 1861
  • Burglary on Easter night. 1861
  • Sermon in the village -1861
  • Village procession at Easter. 1862
  • Amateur - 1862
  • Portrait of I. M. Pryanishnikov. Around 1862
  • Courtship of an official to the daughter of a tailor - 1862
  • Tea drinking in Mytishchi, near Moscow - 1862
  • Organ grinder - 1863
  • Funeral in a poor quarter of Paris. 1863
  • Street musicians in Paris. 1863
  • Parisian festivities. 1863
  • A holiday in the vicinity of Paris. Sketch. 1864
  • Holiday in the vicinity of Paris (On Montmartre). (Unfinished) 1863-64
  • Seller of songbooks. (Unfinished) 1863-64
  • Parisian festivities. The interior of the booth during the presentation 1863-1864
  • Parisian organ grinder. 1864
  • Blind musician. 1864
  • A boy with raised hands, addressing the public - 1864
  • Orphans in the cemetery. 1864
  • Parisian rag-pickers. 1864
  • Savoyard. 1864
  • Songbook seller. 1864
  • Holiday near Paris. 1864.
  • last-journey-1865
  • Guitarist-bobyl. 1865
  • Boy - artisan. 1865
  • Next at the pool. 1865
  • Janitor giving an apartment to a mistress - 1865
  • Meal. 1865
  • Meal 1865 -1976
  • troika-apprentice-workmen-carrying-water-1866
  • A boy preparing for a fight - 1866
  • Clean Monday. 1866
  • The arrival of a governess in a merchant's house. 1866
  • Arrival of a governess to a merchant's house
  • Conversation at the round table. 1866
  • On a pilgrimage. 1867
  • In the loan office. 1867
  • Christ and the Mother of God at the sea of ​​life. 1867
  • Drawing teacher - 1867
  • Drowned Woman - 1867
  • On the railroad. 1868
  • Fomushka-owl. 1868
  • Janitor - self-taught. 1868
  • Market in Moscow. 1868
  • Portrait of N. F. Rezanov. 1868
  • Portrait of F. I. Rezanova. 1868
  • Portrait of F. F. Rezanov. 1868
  • The division of the inheritance in the monastery (Death of a monk). Pencil drawing. 1868
  • The last tavern at the outpost. 1868
  • Old Man - 1868
  • Portrait of the writer A. F. Pisemsky. 1869
  • Portrait of V.V. Bezsonova (1826-1887) - 1869
  • Portrait of N. P. Lanin. 1869
  • Wanderer. 1869
  • Portrait of A. A. Borisovsky. 1869
  • Girl with a jug. 1869
  • bird-catcher by Perov - 1870
  • Sleeping children. 1870
  • Portrait of Nikolai Grigorievich Rubinstein. 1870
  • To the Trinity-Sergius - 1870
  • Portrait of Anton Grigorievich Rubinstein. 1870
  • On the eve of the bachelorette party. Seeing the bride from the bath - 1870
  • Portrait of Avdotya Kuznetsova. 1870
  • Wanderer - 1870
  • Self-portrait. 1870
  • Arrival of a college girl to a blind father 1870
  • Portrait of an unknown. 1870
  • Grandfather and granddaughters. 1871
  • fisherman-1871
  • hunters-at-rest-1871
  • Portrait of A.N. Ostrovsky (1823-1886) -1871
  • Conversation of students with a monk. 1871
  • Portrait Dostoevsky 1872
  • Portrait of A.N. Maikov (1821-1897) - 1872
  • Portrait of V.I. Dahl (1801-1872) - 1872
  • Portrait of I.S. Kamynin (1808-1874) - 1872
  • Portrait of the writer Sergei Timofeevich Aksakov. 1872
  • Portrait of the historian Mikhail Petrovich Pogodin (1800-1875) - 1872
  • Portrait of the writer Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev. 1872
  • Portrait of the composer P. S. Campioni. 1872
  • Cossack. 1873
  • Traveler. 1873
  • Holy fool, surrounded by wanderers. 1872
  • Head of a Kirghiz - a convict. 1873
  • Fedot and Arina. 1873
  • Evening on Great Saturday. 1873
  • Portrait of the merchant S. T. Kuznetsov. 1873
  • Gogol wird von den Gestalten seiner Werke zu Grabe getragen. 1873
  • Inveterate. 1873
  • Sad father. 1873-74
  • Scouts near Sevastopol. 1874
  • pigeon-fancier-1874
  • Reception of a wanderer. 1874
  • The return of the reapers from the field in the Ryazan province. 1874
  • Joyful father. 1874
  • The old man. Fragm. variant k. Old people - parents at the grave of their son. 1874
  • Old parents at the grave of their son - 1874
  • Botanist. 1874
  • Gossip Girl. 1875
  • Pugachev's Court. 1875
  • Portrait of Anna Ivanovna Sergeeva, nee. Sheina. 1875
  • Peasant in the field. 1876
  • Portrait of Pyotr Ivanovich Nikolaev, Chairman of the Vladimir Zemstvo Council. 1876
  • Portrait of N. A. Kasatkin. 1876
  • Portrait of A. I. Kridener, born. Ivanova, the artist's mother. 1876
  • fishing 1878
  • Blind. 1878
  • A janitor who gives an apartment to a mistress. 1878
  • Mother with a sick child. 1878
  • Portrait of A.K. Savrasov (1830-1897) - 1878
  • Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. 1878
  • Executed Pugachevites. Rice. pencil and pen. 1878
  • Pugachev's Court - 1879
  • Fishermen. (Priest, deacon and seminarian). 1879
  • Wanderer in the field. 1879
  • From the station. 1879
  • Blessed. 1879
  • On the traction. Pencil drawing. 1879
  • The return of the peasants from the funeral in winter. Beginning 1880s
  • The old man on the bench. 1880s
  • Walkers - petitioners. 1880
  • The first Christians in Kiev. 1880
  • Modern idyll. 1880
  • Lament of Yaroslavna. 1881
  • Dispute about faith. 1881
  • The old man on the bench 1881
  • The last tavern at the outpost
  • Before the tonsure
  • Boar hunting
  • Descent from the Cross. Canvas
  • Girl
  • Melting Snow Maiden
  • Organ grinders
  • Portrait of an old woman
  • Portrait of the sculptor V. S. Brovsky.
  • Pugachev's Court
  • The arrival of a rural teacher
  • Pilgrim

List of Perov’s painting in the same order as the slide show

Vasily Grigoryevich Perov was born between December 21 and 23, 1833 (January 2 or 4, 1834) and is the illegitimate son of Baron Georgy (Grigory) Karlovich Kridener , and A. I. Ivanova. 

Even though his parents got married shortly after his birth, Vasily did not have the right to his father’s surname and title. And his nickname “Perov” which is his surname, was given to him by his literacy teacher for diligence and skillful writing.

In his childhood Vasily was ill with smallpox, which caused him to have poor eyesight for the rest of his life. 

He became interested in painting after watching the work of an artist and went to study at the Arzamas art school of A. V. Stupin.
But because he was so good he was allow to paint with oil paints before the other students, then sadly because of a dispute with another student, he didn’t finish school.

He went back home and began creating the composition ” Crucifixion ” written throughout Lent and completed on Holy Week then placed in a church located near the village of Nikolskoye. 

He also painted a number of portraits and genre paintings: “A Beggar Begging”, ” Village Troika “, “Folk Festival in the Semik”.

In 1853, Vasily Perov entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture and graduated from college under the guidance of S.K. Zaryanko .

Perov presented the “Portrait of Nikolai Grigoryevich Kridener, the artist’s brother” to the Imperial Academy of Arts, and was awarded a small silver medal in 1856.

Portrait of Nikolai Grigorievich Rubinstein. 1870
Portrait of Nikolai Grigorievich Rubinstein. 1870

This work was still closely connected with the traditions of art of the early 19th century, but already in subsequent works Perov acted as an innovator. 

In 1857, the painting “Arrival of a police officer for investigation” brought the artist a large silver medal, and attracted the attention of the public and critics.

The arrival of the police officer for the investigation. 1857
The arrival of the police officer for the investigation. 1857

In 1860, Perov was again awarded a small gold medal for the painting “First rank. The son of a sexton, promoted to collegiate registrars”, which established the artist as the heir to the satirical genre of the 1840s. 

Now he could participate in the competition for a large gold medal, and painted “Sermon in the village” and “Rural religious procession at Easter”. He received a large gold medal in 1867 and the right to travel abroad as a boarder for the first painting.

Sermon in the village -1861
Sermon in the village -1861

In 1862, Perov married Elena Edmondovna Sheins and they went abroad while he was himself a boarder at the Academy of Arts.

In 1863-1864 Perov lived and worked in Paris, but he wanted to go back home and having received permission from the Academy for an early return which included the continuation of boarding in Russia, he returned to Moscow.

Vasily Perov settled in the house of his wife’s uncle, F.F. Rezanov in Moscow and never left the city.

While still abroad, Perov conceived a large painting with a plot from monastic life, with these paintings, a new stage in the artist’s work began: from a satirical direction, he moved on to more dramatic stories – about “humiliated and offended.

In 1869, Vasily Perov and Myasoedov ​​created the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions (TPKhV). Vasily who was a board member for 7 years organized a Moscow group of Wanderers. 

In 1870 he was awarded the title of professor by the Academy of Arts thanks to the paintings “Wanderer” and “Birdcatcher”, and received the first prize of the OPH for the painting “The Birdman”.

bird-catcher by Perov - 1870
bird-catcher by Perov – 1870

In the 1970s, everyday life stories occupied a special place in Perov’s work.  Then in 1871, Vasily was appointed teacher of the Moscow School of Painting and Art.

In 1871-1872 Perov, commissioned by P. M. Tretyakov, executed a number of portraits of Russian writers and scientists. Perov achieved such “truthfulness” in some portraits, which in Russian art was noted only by I. E. Repin and V. A. Serov .

Perov married Elizaveta Egorovna Druganova in 1872.

In 1873, his paintings “Fisherman” and “Hunters at rest” were presented at the World Exhibition in Vienna.


In 1877, Perov left the members of the TPHV and participated in the exposition of the World Exhibition in Paris a year later.

In the last years of his life, V. G. Perov collaborated with the journal ” Priroda i Okhota ” by L. P. Sabaneev  and a number of his stories were published in the Art Journal  which was published in 1881-1887.

His health was undermined by typhus and pneumonia in 1881 and Vasily Perov died of consumption , at the age of 49, in a small Golitsyn hospital near Moscow.

Perov was buried at the monastery cemetery in the Danilov Monastery where a mournful tombstone in the form of a cross on Golgotha ​​was erected on his grave.

Later his ashes were reburied at the monastery cemetery in the Donskoy Monastery, and on the new grave of the artist, a monument was erected by the sculptor Alexei Evgenievich Yeletsky.

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