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Fedor A. Vasilev

Portrait of Vasilev by Kramskoi

Fedor Aleksandrovich Vasilev was a Russian landscape painter who was born on February 22, 1850, in Gatchina, Russia. His dad was a low ranking government official.

Having to work from the age of 12, Vasilev was a mailman, scribe and an assistant to an art restorer. After the death of his father he became the sole supporter of his family.

He started to take evening classes at the Society For Promotion of Artists’ School of Painting in 1863. While attending these classes, Vasilev, he met many painters who took care of him.

In 1866, famous landscape painter Ivan Shishkin, fell in love with Vasilev’s sister and began to teach him landscape painting.

Vasilev and Shishkin worked together between July and November 1867, on the island of Vallam. As a result of his friendship with Shishkin, Vasilev was introduced to other famous Russian painters and art collectors.

After painting Thaw in 1871, Vasilev became famous with the Russian royal family ordering a copy. Unfortunately, he was unable to enjoy his fame as he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and had to leave Saint Petersburg for the Crimea.

It took him a long time to get used to his new surroundings and he painted landscapes from the plains of Russia. Eventually he got used to his new surroundings and started painting landscapes of the Crimea.

On October 6, 1873, at the age of 23 Vasilev passed away in Yalta.

Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fyodor_Vasilyev

Scouting through Norman Rockwell’s Eyes

Norman Rockwell, Image from Wikipedia

One of my favourite stamp sets is Liberia’s 1979 set on Scouting through the eyes of Norman Rockwell. The set of 50 Stamps issued on September 1, depicts various paintings by Rockwell for the Boy Scouts of America. Norman Rockwell was an American painter, illustrator and writer. Through his lifetime he produced over 4,000 original works.

Rockwell had a relationship with the Boy Scouts of America for 64 years. Between 1925 and 1976, he produced illustrations for the annual calendars produced by the Boy Scouts of America.

Rockwell was born on February 3, 1894, in New York City. At the age of 14, he started attending the Chase Art School. He then attended the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League. His first paying job as an artist was with the Boys Life, the magazine of the Boy Scouts of America.

On November 8, 1978, Rockwell died of emphysema at his home in Massachusetts.