Konstantin Makovsky

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Konstantin Yegorovich Makovsky (1839–1915) was an influential Russian painter, affiliated with the “Peredvizhniki (Wanderers)”. Many of his historical paintings, such as Beneath the Crown (1889) also known as The Russian Bride’s Attire and Before the Wedding, showed an idealized view of Russian life of prior centuries. He is often considered a representative of Academic art.

Konstantin Makovsky (1839-1915) was a famous Russian realist painter who had opposed academic restrictions that existed in the art world at that time. His father was the Russian art figure and amateur painter, Egor Makovsky and his mother both were composers. Because of his parents’ professions, Makovsky showed an early interest in painting and music. He entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture at the age of 12, where he was influenced by teachers such as Vasily Tropinin and Karl Bryullov. After graduating, Makovsky went to France in hopes of becoming a composer, but after touring Europe in order to get acquainted with traditional folk and classical music, he ultimately chose painting.