- Date of birth: 25 January 1832
- Date of death: 20 Mar 1898
- Country: Russia
Ivan Shishkin was born January 25, 1832, in Yelabuga (Vyatka province, now Tatarstan). His father was a merchant of the second Guild Ivan Shishkin.
Even as a child Shishkin was an extraordinary person. His integrity was incorruptible, making it a relatively young became mayor in Elabuga and stayed in this position for 8 years. He worked hard for the benefit of his native city, still partially operates the water supply system.
However, the merchants were too close for Shishkin society. He was fond of mechanics, history, archaeology, natural Sciences. Wrote his own biography, has released a “History of Elabuga”, actively participated in the excavations.
Father quickly noticed his son’s passion for art and sent him to study at the Moscow school of painting and sculpture. Mentor of the young artist became A. Mokritsky – very sensitive and attentive teacher. He helped Shishkin to find themselves in the arts.
In 1856 the young man enters the St. Petersburg Academy of arts Sergei Vorobyov. However, with the previous teacher, he never ceases to communicate.
At the Academy the young artist literally blossomed. His successes are actively celebrated with medals and awards. He even got right on foreign training, however, refused it, and went in 1861 to a native of Elabuga where he worked tirelessly.
Abroad still Shishkin lived in Switzerland and Germany. Also visited other European countries. He made friends with many representatives of the world of art. About “hero” Shishkin and Repin wrote in his notes. By the way, this powerful voice came from Shishkin-of the rebel. In 1870, thanks to Shishkin, came the Association of traveling art exhibitions, which marked the beginning of a new artistic era.
Tragically evolved personal life Shishkin. Both his wife died fairly young. Behind them – and both his sons. Death did not end – after expensive heart people died, perhaps, the closest person to the father. Shishkin was deeply immersed in the work, which remained his only joy.
The work of Shishkin and died. It happened on March 20, new style in 1898. He died suddenly. In the morning, wrote in the workshop, then visited relatives and came back to the workshop. At some point the master just fell off my chair. It is immediately noticed mate, but running up, saw that he was already not breathing.