Petrovich Sokolov

Russia • 1821−1899

The son of the famous Russian watercolor PF Sokolov, Pyotr Petrovich Sokolov inherited the talent and inclinations of his father — he also became a painter-aquarellist. However, the main theme of his work is not continued the family tradition.

PP Sokolov has not received complete formal education, although the Academy of fine arts did, and even studied it for three years (1840-1843).

Among his teachers was the famous Karl Briullov. But the young Sokolova was not carried away neither teachers nor mythological subjects, nor the canons of academic painting. He left the Academy, travels a lot, becomes even witnessed the fighting in the Russo-Turkish war. Everywhere is doing a lot of sketches of everyday scenes, portraits and illustrates books. However, it attracted more and more dynamic scenes — the running horses, hunting birds and animals, relationship between humans and animals.

Hobby: PP Sokolov has achieved remarkable skill, which was appreciated. At the end of life, the artist was awarded the honorary title of academician, although it's not in academic regalia — the works of P. P. Sokolov during his lifetime was a welcome acquisitions by art museums and private collections.

Self-taught, as young men only a very short time he studied at the Academy of Arts under the guidance of his uncle, Karl Briullov. His specialty was image demotic and the soldier's life, as well as hunting scenes, but sometimes he wrote and portraits. With their watercolors, to a greater or lesser extent, wherein correct transfer of types of people and animals, skilful execution and harmony of colors, especially in the landscape part, very rarely was on annual academic and other General exhibitions, but in 1887 was satisfied of his works in St. Petersburg, private exhibition. In 1877 - 78 he was at the headquarters of the Russian army operating in European Turkey, and was awarded the George cross for bravery. In 1893, the Council converted the Academy of Arts awarded him in the previous work of the Supreme in its new Charter art the title of academician. Like his best works must point to the illustration of "Notes of a hunter" by Turgenev and Nekrasov poems (some of them published in the form of albums), to watercolor painting "Horse fair" (in the Tretyakov gallery, Moscow) and the portrait of the writer S. Terpigorev (in the Museum of Emperor Alexander III in Saint-Petersburg).

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