Victor Vasnetsov was a leader in the Russian revivalist movement. A brilliant artist, his compositions proclaim the folkloric richness of his culture and stir the ardor of Russians for their narrative heritage.
Vasnetsov’s powerful oil paintings of heroes and heroines are rendered with all the attention to detail and artistry another artist might have endowed on a royal portrait or a biblical scene. While he did not illustrate books of fairy tales, his magnificent full-scale works bring those tales to life in many world museums and exemplify the affection the Russian people feel for their skazki (fairy tales) and byliny (legends).
L-R: Snegorushka (The Snow Maiden), Alyonushka (Sister Alyonushka and Brother Ivanushka) and Ivan Tsarevitch and the Grey Wolf.