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Ivan
Isidorovich Izhakevich

Ukraine • 1864−1962

From 1884 to 1888, he visited as a volunteer classes at the Academy of fine Arts; in 1888 he received a small incentive medal. (Kondakov)

A Ukrainian painter, writer, graphic, people's artist of the USSR (1951).

When the boy turned 10, he went to Kiev with a dream to learn the artist. In 1879, after the competition, Ivan has entered the icon-painting school at the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. For two years he diligently performed all the tasks, did not refuse from any work, with the fascination drawn from nature everything that catches the eye. Drawing in front of the mirror self portrait, Izhakevich dared to go with him at the Kiev art school of Nikolai Ivanovich Murashko, who offered the boy to work as his aide. At the suggestion of Vrubel and Prakhov, for two years (1882 - 1884), leaving the study, Izhakevich participated in restoration of frescoes of the 12th century St. Cyril's monastery. At the beginning of 1884 went to St. Petersburg to enter the Academy of arts. At the end of 1884, became a free listener of the Academy. For academic achievements he was repeatedly awarded the silver medal. In 1888 due to financial difficulties leaves the Academy and receiving the title of teacher of drawing at the high school, begins an independent and creative life. In 1917, with the belief in national revival, the artist returned to Kiev. He worked in various styles: book graphics, monumental painting (painted the Church of Boris and Gleb at Podol in Kiev, the assumption Cathedral of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra), portraits and landscapes. Continued to create illustrations to "Kobzar", wrote a number of works devoted to the life of Taras Shevchenko.

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