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Vasily Maximovich Maximov


Arrival of the magician on the village wedding.

Sick man.

Self Portrait and Portraits of the Artist's Friends

Auction for Arrears

Grandmother's Tales

Frugal Dinner

Sick husband

The Future Artist

The Interior

A View of Rybinsk

Interior of a Peasant House

Interior of a Peasant House

Thoughts of the Past

Head of a Peasant


Girl at the Barn Door

Old Woman in a Snowstorm

Her Only Teacher

In the Rye Field

The Listeners

Red Corner in a hut

Peasant Girl

Peasant hut

Who's There?

Forest guard

The Little Mechanic


Dreams of the future

Portrait of a Man

Portrait of a Man

The Dead Wife

Following the example of the older

Портрет задумавшейся девушки

Portrait of an old man

После обедни

Trying on the Vestments

The Sorcerer at the Village Wedding

The Sorcerer at the Village Wedding (study)

Russian Peasant Woman

The Diploma

The Tretyakov's Garden

Preparations for a walk

Dividing the Property

The Blind Man

An Old Man

An Old Peasant

The Monastery Gate

Old Woman in the Field

Sewing dowry

Vassily Maximovich Maximov (Russian: Васи́лий Максимо́вич Макси́мов) (1844–1911) was a Russian painter, a prominent member of the Peredvizhniki group.


Maximov was born to a peasant family in the village of Lopino near Novaya Ladoga. He became an orphan early and worked for an Iconpainting shop, where he first learned to paint. In 1863 he entered the Imperial Academy of Arts and in 1864 he became a member of an Artel of Artists created by P.N. Krestonovtsev by the example of Ivan Kramskoi. The artel existed only one year and was then disbanded. Maximov painted the Sick Child (1864) at that time, when received a Gold Medal of the Academia.

He completed all the courses of the Academy in three years. In 1865 he (like the group of fourteen led by Ivan Kramskoi had done earlier) refused to take part in the competitions for the Major Gold Medal by Academia. He argued that he did not need to study abroad (that was a part of the prize) but rather would study the Russian village. Indeed, after graduation from the Academia he moved to the village of Shubino, in the gubernia of Tver, where he painted the peasant life, earning money as a painting teacher of the Princes Golenischev-Kutuzov (descendants of Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov).

His painting Grandmother's tales (1867) was shown at a Peredvizhniki exhibition, where it won a prize and was bought by Pavel Tretyakov. In 1872 he was admitted to the Peredvizhniki group, and soon became one of its most prominent and rigorous members. Ilya Yefimovich Repin described Maximov as "the most uncrushable stone in the foundation of peredvizhnechestvo". Maximov painted many paintings of the peasant life.

In the last twenty years of his life, realism paintings fell out of fashion. Maximov still painted almost exclusively scenes of the peasant lives that had almost no buyers. The artist lived a life full of poverty and illnesses. He died in Saint Petersburg.

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