Edge of a Pine Forest
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Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin ( Elabuga 1832 - St. Petersburg 1898 )
Born in Elabuga in 1832, Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin spent his childhood amidst the forests and majestic rivers of the Ural and Volga regions and his love for these places remained with him throughout his life. He studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (1852–1856) and at the Academy of Arts (1856–1860). Having been awarded the Academy’s Great Gold Medal, the artist received the right to travel abroad, and in 1864–1865 continued his education at the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts. His mature creative work is similar to the Düsseldorf School of landscape painting.