Karl Pavlovich Bryullov

Karl Pavlovich Bryullov - 1

  • Date of birth: 12 December 1799
  • Date of death: 23 Jun 1852
  • Country: Russia


Karl Pavlovich Briullov was born in St. Petersburg on 12 Dec 1799. His father, Pavel Ivanovich Brullo was a famous painter, so art the fate of little Karl was determined immediately after birth. His brothers all studied at the Academy of fine arts, where he taught them the father.

In childhood, the father very much was sick. Up to 7 years, he almost did not get out of bed. But his father was very strict to him, and was forced to draw his allotted number of figures, horses, along with the rest of the brothers. If Carl couldn’t or didn’t have time to do it, that’s the least punishment for him was to stay without food. And once for a similar offense father struck the child that the father remained deaf in one ear for the rest of his life.

At the Academy of fine arts Carl was a good student, and excelled all his comrades. The teachers were surprised how good draws this boy. After graduating the Academy in 1821 by contrast, my father joined the Society of encouragement of artists. Thanks to the funds of this society he was sent to Italy by insisting that brother Alexander, who graduated from the Academy in one year with him went there also. To the departure to Italy of Karl Brullo was Karl Briullov at the urging of Alexander I.

Life Bryullov in Europe

Briullov visited many cities of Europe, but Italy he liked most and he spent more than 12 years. Here Bryullov as an artist, became known and popular master.

Life in Italy proceeded rapidly and fun. By 1829 Bryullov officially broke the contract with the society for the encouragement of artists, which provided the artist the means to life. Perhaps this contributed to the order Briullov painting “the Last days of Pompeii” Russian rich Demidov. The painting Briullov painted 6 years.

Return Briullov in Russia

In 1834 Bryullov was summoned to Russia by the Emperor Nicholas I. His painting “Last days of Pompeii” was exhibited at the Academy of fine arts. Leaving Italy, he left there my love to the Countess Samoylova, which is also very much loved artist.

In Russia, Karl Pavlovich Brullov was a hero. He was greeted with flowers and jubilation. But the personal life in Russia left much to be desired. He fell in love with Emilia Timm, who was a virtuoso pianist. Everything was fine, but before the wedding she confessed to the groom that has been living with his father. They got married, but after marriage nothing has changed. Emilia’s father has used the marriage as a cover, and after 2 months Briullov had to terminate the marriage.

After this incident, went to various gossip, and Bryullov rejected almost everywhere. The artist was often ill, and especially haunted him his heart condition. In 1849 he left for treatment abroad, and, in the end, was in Rome in 1850. There he died two years later on June 23.