Born in Yelabuga, Ivan Shishkin, 1832-1898, was a Russian landscape artist. He graduated from the Kazan gymnasium and then studied at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture for four years. From 1856 to 1860 he attended the Saint Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts and graduated with a gold medal and the highest honours. Shishkin then received the Imperial scholarship for his further studies in Europe. He then became a professor of painting, was the head of landscape painting at the Highest Art School in St. Petersburg and was a member of the Imperial Academy in St. Petersburg. On his return from Switzerland and Germany, where his scholarship took place, to Saint Petersburg, Shishkin became a member of the Circle of the Itinerants and of the Society of Russian Watercolourists.
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