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Knight At The Crosscroads
Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov
Painting - Oil On Canvas
This is a reproduction of Knight at the Crossroads by Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov of 1882. Vasnetsov was born to a priestly family and in 1867 aged nineteen he graduated seminary and decided to go to Saint Petersburg to study art. He entered the Imperial Academy of Arts and soon joined the Realists in their revolt from the Academy. He won a bronze medal at the London World Fair in 1874 and then spent a year studying art in Paris. Returning to Russia in 1877 he began painting scenes from fairy tale and Russian mythology in Moscow. In the 1880’s he gained greater favor when he turned to religious paintings and icons. He spent five years in Kiev completing controversial frescos in St. Vladimir’s Cathedral and ruing this period he created this masterpiece. He became quite famous and was enobled in 1912 by Nicholas II. He died in 1926. The painting depicts the legend of the Three Journeys of Ilya Muromets in which the hero faces a stone which reads “If you go straight ahead, there will be no life; there is no way forward for he who travels past, walks past or flies past.” This masterpiece of his is an oil on canvas and measures 167 by 299 centimeters. It is in the Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg.
November 17th, 2019
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