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Pál (Paul) Böhm
(December 28, 1839 - March 29, 1905)
Hungarian artist of the XIX century
He first studied drawing with his father, who was a maintenance engineer at the bishop's manor. After finishing elementary school, he tried his hand at many crafts, including carpentry, coppersmithing and toy making. In 1859, he joined a group of scenery painters and learned that craft from Antal Haan.

In 1862, he finally decided to become a painter, eventually travelling to Vienna, where he copied the works on display in the Belvedere Palace. In 1865, he returned to his hometown and attempted to make a living by painting portraits and altarpieces. He also briefly operated a painting school that was attended by László Paál.

Two years later, he was sufficiently established to earn a decent living and moved to Budapest, where he exhibited with the National Society of Hungarian Fine Arts. In 1871, he received a scholarship from Tivadar Pauler, the Minister of Religion and Education. This enabled him to travel to Munich, where he quickly became part of the city's artistic life and associated with a group of Hungarian painters led by Géza Mészöly. On several occasions, he stayed in the Tisza region, where he painted and sketched, but settled in Munich permanently in 1875. After this point, his paintings lost some of their freshness and are generally considered by critics to be rather commercial.
William Stephen Coleman
(1829 - 1904)
English artist of the XIX century
William Stephen Coleman – nineteenth century English painter and illustrator.

Born at Horsham, Sussex, he was one of the 12 children of the surgeon William Thomas Coleman and his wife Henrietta Dendy; the artist Helen Cordelia Coleman (1847–1884) was the fifth daughter of the family.

Coleman was unsuccessful in a career as a surgeon, and turned to natural history illustration. He collaborated with Harrison Weir, Joseph Wolf and others; in the preparation of the wood-blocks he was assisted by his sister Rebecca. He painted in watercolour, mainly landscapes with figures, in a style with something in common with Birket Foster, and semi-classical figure subjects, related to those by Albert Joseph Moore. His classically-influenced works placed him in the "toga and terrace" or "marble school" with George Bulleid, W. Anstey Dollond, Norman Prescott-Davies and Oliver Rhys.


An Interesting Story by William Stephen Coleman Coleman also executed etchings, occasionally worked in pastel, and painted in oil. He was a member of the original committee of management of the Dudley Gallery, contributing to the first exhibition in 1865. He continued to exhibit till 1879, and remained on the committee till 1881.

In 1869 Coleman began to experiment in pottery decoration; the Mintons Art Pottery Studio in Kensington Gore was established under his direction in 1871, and he executed figure designs for Mintons ceramic ware. He died after a long illness at 11 Hamilton Gardens, St. John's Wood, on 22 March 1904.

Willem Bodemann
(January 13, 1806 - January 20, 1880)
Dutch artist of the ХIХ century
Bodeman William (1806 - 1880) Dutch landscape painter, representative of realism, romanticism.

In 1815 the French left the Netherlands. That's when Schelfaut and Kukkuk Barend Cornelis became the pride of the romantic school, succeeding 17th-century Dutch masters with the touch of their own unique interpretations. Bodeman accompanied Kukkuk on trips to Belgium and Germany.

In 1847, Bodeman went to England, where he showed two paintings at the Royal Academy and one at the British Institute. It is not known how long Bodeman remained in London, but it is likely that he returned to Holland quite soon after the exhibition. Bodeman's works were in demand in the Netherlands and some of them were engraved by HJ Verboeckhoven.

Jules Louis Philippe Coignet
(November 2, 1798 - April 1, 1860)
French artist of the ХIХ century
Jules Louis Philippe Coignet - famous French artist of the 19th century

Jules Louis Philippe Coignet was born in Paris in 1798 and died there in 1860. He was a noted landscape painter who had studied under Jean-Victor Bertin. He travelled a good deal in his own country as well as elsewhere in Europe and the East, and produced a considerable number of paintings. A regular exhibitor at the Paris Salon exhibitions, he was awarded a gold medal there in 1824 and was given state recognition by being made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1836.

As a painter, Coignet in somewhere in between the Idealists and the Realists, and his work is remarkable for the combination of vigor and delicacy in the effects of light and shade, for poetical feeling, for a firm brush, and occasionally for grandeur of conception. This is particularly evident in "The Ruins of the Temple of Paestum", now in Munich's Neue Pinakothek. There are times too when his paintings have an atmospheric, almost Impressionist effect. One example is the coastal sunset in the Louvre; another is the pastel "Grey weather over the sea" (1848) in the Dijon museum.

Following the 1824 exhibition in Paris of John Constable's paintings, Coignet began painting outside in the forest of Fontainbleau and encouraged his students to do the same. One of his specialities was painting tree 'portraits', of which there are many examples, both as finished paintings and as sketches in oil paint. Two notable examples are the ancient oak, with a dolmen and meditating monk in the background, in the Quimper museum and the dramatic "Oak tree and reeds" in the Musée Jean de La Fontaine at Château-Thierry. As a pioneer of open air painting (la peinture en plein air), Coignet has been counted a member of the Barbizon school, the artists associated with the village of Barbizon, where he had painted long before they settled there. In fact one of the minor members of this school, the genre painter Ferdinand Chaigneau [fr], was a pupil of Coignet's.

In addition to producing many water-colours, pastels and etchings, he wrote a book on landscape painting and published in 1825 a series of sixty Italian views. Among his other pupils were Léo Drouyn [fr], the Belgian landscapist Auguste Böhm [fr] and the orientalist Charles-Théodore Frère.

Jules Coignet's painting in domestic collections is a rarity, which gives the picture a uniqueness and value.

Ivkovsky Semyon Karpovich
April 17 (29), 1874 - April, 1927
Painter, graphic artist
He studied at MSPSA (1894-1901); in 1900 he was awarded a small silver medal for an etude. Continued education at the Higher Artistic and Artistic Decoration, Sculpture and Architecture under the IAA (1902–1913), first in the painting department of V.E. Makovsky, then rom 1907 - in the mosaic department. In 1907, the painting "In the Reception" was awarded the title of an artist, in 1913 - a junior mosaic artist.

He lived in St. Petersburg - Petrograd and then in Kiev since 1919.

He painted landscapes, portraits, genre paintings. Author of paintings: "Dnieper", "Watermelon", "In the vicinity of Kiev", "Mill", "Before the storm", "Girlfriends", "Corner of Moscow", "With the patient", "Mother", "In the waiting room", "Dusk. Little Russia "," Near Kiev", "On the bank of the Dnieper "," Vydubetsky Monastery ","Around Nightfall" and others.

Since 1895 - participant of exhibitions (students, MSPSA). He was exhibited at exhibitions of the Moscow Society of Art Lovers (1901, 1903, 1904, 105), Spring exhibitions in the halls of the IAA (1905, 1909, 1916, 1917), and the Community of Artists (1917).

Creativity is represented in a number of regional museum collections, in particular in the Pskov State Historical, Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve.
Vladimir Egorovich Makovsky
(February 7, 1846 - February 21, 1920)
Russian Artist-Wanderer
The son of a prominent artist E.I. Makovsky, one of the founders of the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (MSPSA).

Makovsky's apartment was located on the embankment of the Moscow River overlooking the Kremlin. Since childhood, Vladimir was surrounded by an atmosphere of art. Famous people gathered in his father's house - Glinka, Gogol, Schepkin, Bryullov, Tropinin ... Makovsky took the first lessons of fine art from V. A. Tropinin. At fifteen, he painted the genre painting "The Boy Selling Kvass" (1861).

From 1861 to 1866 he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture with the successor of the Venetian school S.K. Zaryanko and E.S. Sorokin. Vladimir graduated from college with a silver medal and the title of a class artist of the III degree for his work "Literary reading".

In 1869, for the painting "Peasant Boys Watch over Horses," Makovsky received the title of class artist of the first degree and the Vigee-Lebrenza gold medal expression. With the birth in 1869 of the first child, the son of Alexander, Makovsky shows an interest in childhood topics ("Peasant Boys", "Shepherdesses", "Night", "Return from the Night"). The painting "Playing Grandmas" was the first painting by Makovsky, purchased by P. M. Tretyakov for his gallery, which meant his recognition as an artist.

In 1872, he became a member of the Association of Traveling Art Exhibitions. From the very beginning he was one of the most active members of the Partnership, participated in almost all exhibitions, and since 1874 he was elected a member of the board.

In 1873, for the painting "Nightingale Lovers" Makovsky was assigned the title of an academician by the Academy of Arts. The painting was exhibited at the World Exhibition in Vienna, where it attracted everyone's attention. Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote about it: "... if we have something to be proud of, to show something, then, of course, in our genre ... in these small pictures, in my opinion, you can spot even love for all the humanity, not only Russians in particular. "

At the same time, he painted 21 genre paintings for the album "Episodes of the Sevastopol Life of 1854-1855."

From 1882 to 1894, Makovsky taught at the Moscow School of Painting and from 1894 to 1918 in St. Petersburg at the Imperial Academy of Arts, where he was invited for the position of the head of the genre workshop. In 1895 he was appointed a rector of the academy. Makovsky's students were A.E. Arkhipov, V.N. Baksheev, E.M. Cheptsov, V.A. Kuznetsov. Since 1905, he was a State Councilor.

Vladimir Egorovich Makovsky died on February 21, 1920 and was buried in Petrograd at the Smolensky Orthodox cemetery.

Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin
(August 16, 1876 - February 7, 1942)
Russian artist, book illustrator
In 1895-1898 he studied at the drawing school of the Society for the Promotion of Arts. In 1898, he studied for two months in the studio of the artist Anton Ashbe in Munich. For several years (1898-1900) he studied under the guidance of Ilya Repin in the school-workshop of Princess Maria Tenisheva, then (1900-1904) under the guidance of Repin at the Higher Art School of the Academy of Arts.

Bilibin's artistic talent was clearly manifested in his illustrations for Russian fairy tales and epics, as well as in works on theatrical productions. From 1899 to 1902 he created a series of six "Tales" published by the Expedition for the Preparation of Government Securities, then the same publishing house published Pushkin's fairy tales with illustrations by Bilibin.

Since 1907, Bilibin was teaching the graphic art class at the school of the Society for the Promotion of the Arts, where he continued teaching until 1917.

In 1915, he participated in the establishment of the Society for the Renaissance of Artistic Russia along with many other artists of his time.

After the February Revolution, Bilibin created a sketch depicting a two-headed eagle, which was used as a temporary symbol of the Russian Republic. In 1992, a similar drawing by the artist was the basis for the emblem of the Bank of Russia.

Since 1920, Bilibin lived in Cairo. In Egypt, he worked on sketches of panels and frescoes in the Byzantine style for the mansions of wealthy Greek merchants. He studied Egyptian art, first Muslim and Coptic, and then the art of Ancient Egypt.

In August 1925, Bilibin moved to Paris. At this time, he was preparing brilliant decorations for the productions of Russian operas, the artist was invited to stage Stravinsky's Firebird ballet in Buenos Aires and a number of operas in Brno and Prague.

He performed illustrations for Russian fairy tales, tales of the Brothers Grimm, tales of the Thousand and One Nights.

Over time, Bilibin wanted to return to his homeland. In 1935-1936, he participated in designing the Soviet embassy in Paris, created the monumental panel "Mikula Selyaninovich."

After the outbreak of World War II, he refused to evacuate and died in the besieged Leningrad on February 7, 1942 in a hospital at the All-Russian Academy of Arts. The last work of the famous artist was a preparatory illustration for the epic "Duke Stepanovich" in 1941. He was buried in the mass grave of professors of the Academy of Arts near the Smolensk cemetery.

A large number of works by Ivan Bilibin is in the Ivangorod (Leningrad region) city museum.
Erik Wahlbergson
(March 5, 1808 - October 18, 1865)
Swedish artist of the ХIХ century
Master of historical paintings and portraiture.

He studied at the Stockholm Academy with Frederick Vesnin (1782-1862), then at the Dusseldorf Academy where in 1835 he painted the icon "Mary with the Baby, Shepherds and Angels" for Kristinberg (Stockholm), the former church at the Masonic shelter.

After moving to Ladugarslandet in 1841 he painted the portrait of the pastor. Pictures: "King Oscar I" (belongs to the Order of Timmermann, Stockholm); "The Beautiful Dalecarlerina Sells Milk at the Stortorget" (Stockholm City Museum); The Great Winterbild, 1848 (owned by Dr. Henrik Alm, Rosenwick, Stockholm); "Pastor Per Lindsten", 1862 (owned by Hedv. El. Church, Stockholm); "Pastor M. Chr. Bergvall ", 1864; several paintings (mainly copies) are in Drottningholm Castle and the Stockholm City Hall.

Leonila Petrovna Steblovskaya
(February 15, 1935)
Ukrainian artist
Graduated from Kiev State Art Institute (1962). Her teachers were V. Kostetskiy, M. Khmelko and G. Melikhov.

Works in the field of painting, monumental and decorative art.
Major works: "The arrest of T. Shevchenko in Kiev" (1962), "Dinner" (1967), "A garden is blooming" (1974), "Waiting" (1982), "Nativity of Christ" in St. Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral (co-author).

Member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine (1970).
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