May 15, 1848: Viktor Vasnetsov is born.
Viktor Vasnetsov was a Russian artist, primarily known for his paintings of historical figures, religious subjects, and perhaps most of all, his depictions of the folklore and mythology of Russia. It was not until Vasnetsov moved to Paris from Saint Petersburg, however, that he developed a fascination with these subjects. He was also a member of the Peredvizhniki (Передви́жники), a group of realist artists who favored reform and realistic portrayals of the common Russian people - although Vasnetsov himself was criticized for “undermining” their principles. But even if he did not adhere entirely to the agenda of these “Wanderers”, Vasnetsov developed his own distinct style that bridged the gap between the rich culture of Russia’s past and the changing landscape of its present and future.