A landscape painter's retreat along the Oka river, former home of Vasily Polenov (1844-1927).
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Born in St Petersburg, the Russian landscape and academic painter Vasily Polenov studied painting in Russia, Italy and France - where he was influenced by the contemporaneous development of plein air painting and Impressionism. On his return to Russia, Polenov became associated both with the Russian Academy and with the more radical 'Wanderers', and he served as a war artist during the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-78. He settled here on the Oka river in the 1890s, and spent the rest of his life developing the estate, including a purpose-built studio and a long sloping garden, painting extensive landscapes inspired by his surroundings.
Having become a museum in Polenov's lifetime, today the Vassily Polenov Fine Art Museum and National Park displays a wide selection of his works, together with a rotating programme of temporary exhibitions. It is also the only Russian museum to be completely directed by the artists' descendants.
© Vassily Polenov Fine Art Museum and National Park