|Konstantin Alexeyevich Korovin
Konstantin Korovin was born into a well-todo merchant family. At fourteen he entered the architecture department of the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where his elder brother Sergeiâ€”later a well-known realist painterâ€”was already a student. By this time the family had run into hard times: 'I was extremely hard-up,'wrote Korovin- recalling his student years, 'and at the age of fifteen I was giving drawing lessons and earning my
bread.' After two years of study, having submitted landscapes painted during the holidays for assessment, Korovin transferred to the painting department. His teacher there was Alexei Savrasov, who laid great stress on painting from nature and helped his pupils appreciate the beauty of the Russian countryside. Later, Korovin remembered Savrasov's exhortations: 'When you set about painting, paint etudes, study, and most importantlyâ€”feel!'