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Viktor Korovin

A consummate painter of landscapes, Korovin is unique within his generation. His direct and emotional treatment of the landscape utilizing broad carved strokes of paint has earned him well-deserved comparisons to Van Gogh and Pisarro. In 1995, a group of his paintings was acquired by the Louvre in Paris. Born in Leningrad and talented as a child, Viktor Ivanovich Korovin was enrolled in the prestigious Serov Art College, graduating in... Show More

A consummate painter of landscapes, Korovin is unique within his generation. His direct and emotional treatment of the landscape utilizing broad carved strokes of paint has earned him well-deserved comparisons to Van Gogh and Pisarro. In 1995, a group of his paintings was acquired by the Louvre in Paris.

Born in Leningrad and talented as a child, Viktor Ivanovich Korovin was enrolled in the prestigious Serov Art College, graduating in 1960.

After graduation he studied painting at the Repin Institute in the studio of the recognized master Neprinsev from 1960 until graduation in 1963. Korovin painted monumental landscapes featuring his distinctive style under commission from the Federal government after graduating from the Repin Institute with honors.

In 1966, he was recognized as an Honored Artist of the Soviet Union. Russian art scholars acknowledge Korovin’s considerable contribution to the history of Russian Impressionism.

Viktor’s works are on view in the Tretyakov State Museum in Moscow and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg as well as a list of the most important regional museums across Russia. His art has been collected extensively in France, Germany, U.S.A., Korea, and Japan.

Biographical References

1936 – born on December 31 in Leningrad (Saint-Petersburg).
1955 – 1960 – studied in the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) art school (presently, the Rerikh School), student of Professor V.F. Petrova and I.I. Kudriavtsev.
Since 1956 – constant consultations with the teacher in the Academy of Arts A.A. Debler.
1960 - 1963 – admitted to the workshop of Yu. Zhirintsen in the Academy of Arts.
1963 – worked at Dacha for creative work in Pereyaslavl-Zalessky.
Sent on mission by the Leningrad Regional Committee of Komsomol to construction in Kirishi. Exhibition in Kirishi.
1964, 1966 – Worked on commission of Central Committee of Komsomol in the North. Foundation of the future Art Gallery and Club for Lovers of Art in Salekhard.
1966, 1967 – worked at the Dacha for creative work in Staraya Ladoga. Meeting with V.F. Zagonek.
1968 – accepted a member to the Union of Artists of Russia (USSR).
1973 – worked at Dacha for creative work in Staraya Ladoga. Commissions of Central Committee of Komsomol in Kazan. Work at Acadimichaskaya Dacha of the Academy of Fine Arts.
1965 – 1978 –decorated New Year parties in Anichkov Palace in Leningrad (St. Petersburg).
1975 – 1989 – worked on a submarine. Created landscapes for the naval ships.
1979 – Trip to Arkhangelsk - Igarka – Dudinka. Exhibition in the House of Sailors.
1960 – 1991 – Constant participant of St. Petersburg, Regional and Republic exhibitions, and of a number exhibitions abroad in Japan, USA, England, France, Federal Republic of Germany< Finland, Italy, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland and other countries.
1965 – Personal exhibition in State Leningrad Conservatory.
1970 - Personal exhibition in the editorial office of “Smena” newspaper.
1984 - Personal exhibition at Metallurgical plant.
1985 - Personal exhibition in the Rossi pavilion, Summer Garden, St. Petersburg.
1986 - Personal exhibition in Smolny Cathedral.
1986 - Personal exhibition in Sailors’ Club.
1988 – Trip to Academic Dacha in the Crimea.
1989 – Personal exhibition in Smolny Cathedral.
1991 – on July 6 tragically died.
1991 – September – Moving exhibition on the M/S “Vissarion Belinsky”.
1991 - October – Big posthumous exhibition at the Exhibition Hall of the Union of Artists, St. Petersburg.
1995 – December – Exhibition «Father and Daughter Korovins” in the House of Cinema (Union of Cinematographists), St. petersburg.
1989 – Exhibition «65th Anniversary of the Union of Artists of St. Petersburg”, exhibition hall “Manezh”.
2004 - Exhibition «70th Anniversary of the Union of Artists of St. Petersburg”, exhibition hall “Manezh”.
2004 – Exhibition in Pavlovsk “From Century to Century”.

Works of Victor Korovin are stored in museums, private collections, in Russia and abroad, including the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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