to the begining

September 9 — January 10

The exhibition is dedicated to an artist who was simultaneously successful and interesting in several guises: painter, graphic artist, teacher, connoisseur of contemporary painting, consultant, active participant in cultural life, memoirist.

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The exhibition is dedicated to an artist who was simultaneously successful and interesting in several ways: painter, graphic artist, teacher, connoisseur of contemporary painting, consultant, active participant in cultural life, memoirist.

S.A. Vinogradov. Self-portrait 1922.

The beginning of the way

Sergei Arsenievich Vinogradov was born in 1869 in the village of Bolshiye Soli, Kostroma province, into the family of a priest. Noticing his son's passion for drawing, his father sent him after graduating from the parish school and the Kostroma gymnasium to Moscow.

I.E. Repin. Polenov's portrait. 1877.


In 1880 — 1889 he studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture under the famous artist-professors Evgraf Semyonovich Sorokin, Vladimir Egorovich Makovsky, Illarion Mikhailovich Pryanishnikov, Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov.

V.E. Makovsky. Self-portrait. 1905.


From 1890 to 1898 he taught at a vocational school in Kharkov. Moving on to images, where the landscape becomes much more significant than the plot content. In his works, impressionistic features emerge more and more clearly.

S. A. Vinogradov. Portrait of Pervukhin K. K. 1893.
S. A. Vinogradov. In the village. At the watering hole. 1895.

In 1898, the master returned to Moscow and began teaching at the Stroganov School of Technical Drawing.

Now he often visits the Golovinka estate of the Tula province, which belonged to the Mamontov family. Here Vinogradov writes his best canvases.

"Golovinka is a beautiful estate, a poetic noble nest with all the way of life of real nobility." - Sergei Arsenievich Vinogradov

S.A. Vinogradov. Garden. 1910.


After moving to Moscow, Sergei Vinogradov continues to communicate with the Morozov brothers and becomes Mikhail Morozov's main advisor in collecting works of art. Now paintings from the collections of the Morozov brothers are an adornment of the expositions of the Pushkin Museum. Alexander Pushkin, the State Hermitage and the Tretyakov Gallery.

The picture shows the youngest daughter of the owners of the estate Golovinka Sofia Vsevolodovna Mamontova. She will live a difficult life full of dramatic events, in which there will be exile, a camp, and a war, but she will forever preserve fond memories of the artist who has repeatedly captured her on his canvases.

S.A. Vinogradov. Plays. The Golovinka estate. 1914.


In the paintings of the Golovinsky period, the artist's manner, his approach to color, to composition is finally formed. The impressionistic method will be embodied in the artist's canvases and in his interest in a bright palette of colors and complex tonal combinations, in a freer and more variable manner of writing, in principle, cropping ("random" choice of nature).

S.A. Vinogradov. Cafe at night. 1901.


1901 — the first trip to Paris with Mikhail Morozov, a visit to the Louvre and private galleries, for example, the Durand-Ruel gallery, where all the famous impressionists were collected.

Carolina Otero was a famous French actress and dancer of Spanish descent. She shone on stage from the 1890s until the outbreak of the 1st World War. Sergei Vinogradov met her in Monte Carlo.
"Long chiseled legs in a dance somehow rapidly stepped on the hall and, it seemed, just about she would find herself from the stage in the rows of armchairs" — Sergei Vinogradov on the performance of Carolina Otero.

S.A. Vinogradov. Dancer Otero. 1903.
S.A. Vinogradov. Ballet. 1910th.

Sergey Vinogradov spends the summer months of 1915-1917 in the Crimea.


One of the places of its attraction was Alupka. The artist works a lot and with enthusiasm, creates sea and mountain landscapes, in which the main will be bright sonorous colors and the painter's temperamental, emotional perception of southern nature.

The model of many of the Crimean works of Sergei Arsenievich Vinogradov was his future wife Irina Kazimirovna Voitsekhovskaya. The works of this period are distinguished by a particularly bright, contrasting color palette. The southern flavor and sunlight corresponded perfectly to the artist's temperament, his desire to capture the beauty of the surrounding nature.

S.A. Vinogradov. Summer day. Crimea. 1917.

The revolution

Sergei Arsenievich Vinogradov seems to refuse to notice the political and social changes taking place in the country and despite everything he writes his favorite corners of patriarchal Moscow, which have not yet been touched by socialist reality.

S.A. Vinogradov. City view. 1918.
S.A. Vinogradov. The manor. 1918.

New York

In 1923, Sergei Arsenievich Vinogradov proposes to organize an exhibition and sale of contemporary Russian art in the United States.

From left to right are: Fedor Zakharov, Konstantin Somov, Igor Grabar, Sergey Vinogradov. Sitting: Ivan Sytin and Ivan Troyanovsky. Organizers and exhibitors. New York, 1924

On March 8, 1924, the Exhibition of Russian Art opened on the 12th floor of the Grand Central Palace building. The American press has published a number of positive reviews.

"You live definitely not on Earth but on Mars. America is not at all like Europe, a very special country." - Sergey Vinogradov on New York skyscrapers.

S.A. Vinogradov. New York. 1924.
F.Z. Zakharov. Exhibition poster. According to B.M. Kustodiev.

He will settle in Riga, teach in his own art studio and work hard.


In the summer of 1924, Sergei Arsenievich Vinogradov left New York for Riga. He will never return to Russia.

The theme of nostalgia for the homeland will take another interesting turn in Vinogradov's work. Among his works of the Riga period there are many images of women in national Russian costumes.

S.A. Vinogradov. A woman in a Russian national costume. 1925-1930s.

From early spring to late autumn, he prefers to live in Latgale, the eastern region of Latvia, bordering at that time with the USSR. A large number of Russian-speaking population, the proximity of Pskov (then part of Estonia), all this became an outlet for the artist and a source of inspiration for painting.

S.A. Vinogradov. View of the Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ in Riga. 1928.

Sergei Arsenievich Vinogradov
died on February 5, 1938.

Buried at the Pokrovsky Orthodox cemetery.

Several obituaries were published in the Riga press, in which the outstanding talent of the departed master, his wonderful human qualities and the grief of his disciples who were left without a beloved mentor were noted.

About exhibition

September 9, 2020 large-scale personal exhibition of the master will bring together more than 60 works from all over Russia.

Until now, the work of Sergei Vinogradov has not been presented so fully.
The master's paintings will be supplemented by his memories and previously unpublished photographs.

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