Mikhail Aleksandrovich Vrubel (1856-1910) Mikhail Aleksandrovich Vrubel was born on March 5, 1856 in Omsk, in Siberia and died in St. Petersburg on April 1, 1910. The son of a colonel in the Russian army, Vrubel studied history, art, theater, music, and literature in Latin, French, and German, all of which were emphasized and encouraged by the artist's father. His formal art training started in 1864 at the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts in St. Petersburg. While studying law at St. Petersburg University during the years between 1874 and 1880, he was enrolled in painting classes. After graduating from the Law Department in 1880, Vrubel began studying at the St. Petersburg Academy of the Arts as a full time student. Here, he learned from Chistiakov who would play a significant role in the development of Vrubel's style, just as he did with other great artists such as Ilya Repin , Vasilii Polenov, Victor Vasnetsov , Valentin Serov , and Vasilii Surikov. Vrubel later wrote in his autobiography that his years at
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St. Petersburg, Mikhail Aleksandrovich Vrubel, St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg Academy