Vasily Tropinin

Vasily Andreevich Tropinin (Russian: Васи́лий Андре́евич Тропи́нин; March 30 [O.S. March 19] 1776 – May 16 [O.S. May 4] 1857) was a Russian Romantic painter. Much of his life was spent as a serf; he didn't attain his freedom until he was more than forty years old. Three of his more important works are a portrait of Alexander Pushkin and paintings called The Lace Maker and The Gold-Embroideress.

Vasily Tropinin
Self portrait
Vasily Andreevich Tropinin

March 30, 1776
DiedMay 16, 1857 (aged 81)
Moscow, Russian Empire
Resting placeVagankovo Cemetery, Moscow
EducationMember Academy of Arts (1824)
Alma materImperial Academy of Arts (1804)
Known forPainting, Drawing


Vasily Tropinin - Кружевница - Google Art Project
Lace making beauty, 1823

Vasily was born as a serf of Count Munnich in the village Korpovo of Novgorod guberniya and then transferred to Count Morkovs as a part of the Munich's daughter's dowry. Soon he was sent to Saint Petersburg to study the trade of a confectioner. Instead of learning his trade Tropinin secretly attended free drawing lessons in the Imperial Academy of Arts.

In 1799, his owner allowed Tropinin's to study at the Academy as a non-degree student (Postoronny uchenik). He took lessons from S. S. Schukin and was supported by the President of the Academy Alexander Sergeyevich Stroganov. In 1804 Tropinin's work Boy Grieving for a Dead Bird was exhibited in the Academy's exhibition and was noted by the Russian Empress at the time (most probably the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna).

At the dawn of his success, Count Morkov recalled Tropinin from St. Petersburg to his Ukrainian estate Kukavka. Tropinin was appointed a confectioner and a lackey. Soon the owner changed his mind and assigned Tropinin to copy the works of European and Russian painters and produce portraits of the Morkovs. Tropinin also painted the local church. Tropinin spent around twenty years of his life in Ukraine, and many of his works from that time were of Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian country side.[1]

Still Tropinin continued to work and study. As a well-established portraitist, he wrote:

I studied the Academy, but I Malorossia. There I painted from nature without rest, painted everything and everyone and these works, it seems, are the best of all of those created by me thus far.[2]

The most notable works of that period are Portrait of A. I. Tropinina, the Artist's Wife (1809), Portrait of Arseny Tropinin, son of the artist (c. 1818), Portrait of the Writer and Historian N. M. Karamzin (1818).


In 1823 at the age of 47 Tropinin at last became a free man and moved to Moscow. The same year he presented his paintings The Lace Maker, The Beggar and The Portrait of artist Skotnikov to the Imperial Academy of Arts and received the official certificate of a painter (Svobodnyj Khudozhnik). In 1824 he was elected an Academician.

Since 1833 he mastered the Moscow Public Art Classes that later became the famous Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. In 1843 he was elected an honorary member of the Moscow Art Society. He died in 1857 and was interred in Vagankovo Cemetery. During his life Tropinin painted more than 3,000 portraits.

In 1969 the Tropinin Museum[3] was opened in Moscow.



Girl from Podolye, 1804-1807

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Family portrait of counts Morkovs, 1813

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Portrait of Arseny Tropinin, son of the artist, 1818

Karamzin by Tropinin (1818, Tretyakov gallery)

Portrait of Nikolay Karamzin, 1818

Topinin Yamschik

Coach 1820

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Konstantin Ravich, 1823

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Woman at the window, 1841

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The Gold-Embroideress, 1826


Portrait of Alexander Pushkin, 1827

Tropinin karatygin

Portrait of Vasily Karatygin, 1842

Portrait Of A.F. Mazurina 1839 Vasily Tropinin

Portrait Of A.F. Mazurina, 1839


  1. ^ Oles Pasichny. National Art Museum of Ukraine Welcome to Ukraine
  2. ^ Spirit of Ukraine: 500 Years of Painting. Winnipeg Art Gallery. 1991, pg. 184 ISBN 0-88915-163-6.
  3. ^ "About The Tropinin Museum in Moscow [En]".

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