Korovin, Constantin (1861-1939) - 1905 Portrait of Fedor Chaliapin (Tretyakov Gallery)
Konstantin Alekseyevich Korovin was a leading Russian Impressionist painter.
He was born in Moscow to a merchant family. His father earned a university degree and was more interested in arts and music than in the family business established by Konstantin's grandfather. Konstantin's older brother Sergey Korovin was a notable realist painter. In 1875 Korovin entered the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where he learned from Vasily Perov and Alexei Savrasov. During their school years the Korovins became friends with their fellow students Valentin Serov and Isaac Levitan; Konstantin kept these friendships through the whole of his life. In 1881–1882, Korovin spent a year at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, but returned disappointed to the Moscow School of Painting, sculpturing and architecture. He studied at the school under the new teacher Vasily Polenov until 1886. In 1885, Korovin traveled to Paris and Spain. "Paris was a shock for me … Impressionists… in them I found everything for what I was scolded back at home, in Moscow", he later wrote.