Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubelʹ: Life and Work


Mikhail Alexandrovich Vrubelʹ (1856–1910) was a Russian painter known for his unusual style that synthesized elements of native Russian art with Western and Byzantine influences. Born in Omsk to a Polish father and a Russian mother, he moved to Saint Petersburg in 1874 to study law. He abandoned his legal studies and in 1880 entered the Academy of Fine Arts. In a career cut short by mental illness and blindness, Vrubelʹ produced a body of work that included church murals and mosaics, book illustrations, stage sets, watercolors, and oil paintings. This book on the life and work of Vrubelʹ is the first volume in a series of illustrated monographs on Russian painters that was published under the direction of Igorʹ Ėmmanuilovich Grabarʹ (1871–1960), author of the monumental History of Russian Art (1909–16). This monograph is by Stepan Petrovich Aremich (1869–1939), a painter and collector and professor at the State Hermitage Museum, whose writing on art was highly regarded by his contemporaries. The book contains black-and-white reproductions of works by Vrubelʹ.

Date Created

Subject Date

Publication Information

I. Knebel, Moscow


Title in Original Language

Михаил Александрович Врубель : жизнь и творчество

Type of Item

Physical Description

187 pages : illustrations ; 30 centimeters

Last updated: January 8, 2018