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Portrait of the Artist Pyotr Basin

Kiprensky Orest,
Oil on canvas
47 х 37,5

State Russian Museum


Basin, Pyotr Vasilievich
1793, St Petersburg — 1877, St Petersburg
Painter, author of religious, historical and landscape compositions, monumentalist, engraver. Born to the family of a Petersburg civil servant. Attended the drawing classes at the Imperial Academy of Arts (from 1811). Awarded minor and major silver medals (1813). Studied painting under Vasily Shebuyev (from 1816). Lived in Italy (1819–1930). Returned to St Petersburg in 1830. Academician of painting (1831). Second-class professor (1836), first-class professor (1846), professor emeritus (1856). Professor of the Academy of Arts (till 1869).

Author's Biography

Kiprensky Orest

Kiprensky, Orest Adamovich
1772, Nezhinskaya (St Petersburg Province) - 1836, Rome
Portraitist, history painter, draughtsman. Illegitimate son of a serf woman, Anna Gavrilova, who gave him the name Kipreisky, later changed to Kiprensky. Grew up in the family of his foster father Adam Schwalde. Emancipated from serfdom and enrolled in the Imperial Academy of Arts (1788). Studied history painting under Grigory Ugryumov and Gabriele-Francois Doyen. Fellow of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1803-09). Worked in St Petersburg, Moscow and Tver. Academician of portrait painting (1812), councillor of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1815). Contributed to the exhibitions of the Imperial Academy of Arts. Lived in Italy (1816-23, 1828-36). Contributed to the Paris Salon (1822). Donated Self-Portrait (1820) to the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence (1825). Appointed second-class professor of history and portrait painting with automatic member¬ship of the nobility (1831). Councillor of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples (1831). Buried at Sant'' Andrea delle Fratte in Rome.

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