Mikhail Aleksandrovich Demyanov

Mikhail Aleksandrovich Demyanov

1873 —1913
  • Small silver medal of the Moscow School of Painting Sculpture and Architecture (1899)
  • The award namer after A. Kuindzhi (1908; 1913)
  • Yendogurov Prize (1910)
  • Incentive award of the Imperial Academy of Arts (1912)
Mikhail Demyanov was a Russian painter who mainly worked in the genre of lyrical landscape and portrait; a gifted illustrator and caricaturist; an artist who applied the methods of Impressionists in his art to achieve broad brushstrokes, a sense of swiftness of the moment, spontaneity, a certain "etude-like" feeling. Mikhail Aleksandrovich was born on December 7, 1873, in the Urals, in the small village of the Artinsky Zavod of Perm province (now an urban-type settlement Arti in Artinsky district of Sverdlovsk region). His first art education Demyanov received at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where he entered in 1892 in the studio of the virtuoso of Russian evocative landscape painting, Isaak Levitan. Demyanov was awarded a "small" silver medal for the successful completion of his studies in 1899. The young artist did not cease to crave developing his skills, and in 1903, he decided to continue his education at the graduate school of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts. He was allocated to the studio of Alexander Kiselyov, who was an active member of the Society for Travelling Art Exhibitions and an outstanding landscape painter. In addition to the academic process, in the period from 1905 to 1907, the artist worked for St. Petersburg famous satirical journals, such as "Zarnitsy" and "Otboi", which were produced during the revolutionary upheaval. At the same time, in 1906, he created several caricature portraits of those involved in the theatrical production of Gogol's "The Government Inspector". Mikhail Aleksandrovich was getting involved with such renowned talented graphic artists, illustrators and set designers as Sergey Sudeikin, Nikolay Sapunov, Nikolay Feofilaktov, and others. 

Demyanov's diploma painting titled "Old years" has brought him the official title of artist. Around the same time, Mikhail Aleksandrovich was awarded the Yendogurov prize (named after the landscape painting brothers, Sergey and Ivan Yendogurov), which he received as "the worthiest of landscape painters". After graduating from the Academy of Arts in 1910, Demyanov was assigned a fully-sponsored two-year trip abroad from the Academy as a consequence of his academic-artistic success. So, Mikhail Aleksandrovich went, among other European cities, to Paris, Rome, Venice, and also visited Holland, where he created many paintings that reflect the local charm. In 1912, Demyanov was awarded the incentive prize of the Imperial Academy of Arts for the painting "Rome". Also, he received the award named after A. I. Kuindzhi twice for his work "Last snow" in 1908 and "The Breath of Spring" in 1913. On his return to Russia, Demyanov settled in St. Petersburg. Mikhail Aleksandrovich has often and with a great deal of enthusiasm participated in art exhibitions since 1896, which were taking place at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, at the Moscow Art Theatre, at the Academy of Arts, in the "salons" of Vladimir Izdebsky, in the "Association of Moscow artists". Demyanov's works were also exhibited abroad: he participated at the Internationale Kunst-Ausstellung at the Glaspalast in Munich in 1909 and at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris. The artist suddenly and tragically died from tuberculosis at the peak of his career on June 23, 1913, at the age of only thirty-nine years in Nogentel in Finland. Demyanov's posthumous solo exhibition in Petrograd in 1914 can be regarded as a particular symbol of his talent's recognition. The artist's works are present in the collections of museums in Krasnodar, Omsk, Samara, Perm, Tashkent, as well as exhibited in the State Russian Museum, the Theatre Museum, the Research Museum of the Russian Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.

Bibliography: (2018). Демьянов, Михаил Александрович. [online] Available at:Демьянов,_Михаил_Александрович [Accessed 29 Aug. 2018].