Alexander Sokolov (painter)

Alexander Sokolov; portrait by Osip Braz (1898)

Alexander Petrovich Sokolov (Russian: Александр Петрович Соколов; 10 November 1829, Saint Petersburg - 2 December 1913, Saint Petersburg) was a Russian portrait painter in the Academic style. His brothers, Pyotr and Pavel were also well-known artists.


His father was the famous portrait painter, Pyotr Sokolov. Alexander Brullov and Karl Brullov were his uncles.[1] He left the gymnasium in 1847, before completing his studies, to enter the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. After two years there, he entered the Imperial Academy of Arts.[2]

Upon receiving the title of "Artist", he decided to follow in his father's footsteps and devote himself mostly to watercolor portraiture. In 1859, a painting of his brother, Pyotr, was among those that won him the title of "Academician".[2]

In 1881, he became a member of the Peredvizhniki and exhibited with them frequently.[2] He became especially well-known for portraits of women, doing several of Maria Feodorovna and other members of the Imperial Family. In 1883, his portraits of Tsar Alexander III and the Tsarina in their Imperial robes were included in the official Coronation Album.

from 1892 to 1907, he served as curator of the Russian Academy of Arts Museum; housed at the Imperial Academy. He became a full member of the Academy in 1896.[1]



  1. 1 2 Biographical notes @ RusArtNet.
  2. 1 2 3 Brief biography @ Russian Paintings.

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