Vasylkivskiy Serhiy

Landscape with oxen 35.5x23 cm, oil on canvas
Date of Birth: (Українська) 1854
Place of residence: (Українська) Україна

Vasylkivskiy Serhiy – Ukrainian and Russian painter, master of landscape. He was born in 1854 in in the city of Izyum, Ukraine.


Vasylkivskiy received his first skills in fine arts at the Kharkiv Gymnasium.

From 1876 to 1885 Vasylkivsky studied at the St. Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts, in the landscape class with Mikhail Klodt and Vladimir Orlovsky. The artist graduated from the academy in 1885 with a gold medal. After graduation, Vasylkivsky received the right to travel abroad. He lived in France for some time, then traveled to England, Germany, Italy, Spain and Africa.

Creative way

Highly appreciating creative independence, Vasylkivskiy did not associate himself with membership in any associations and presented his works at exhibitions of various societies in St. Petersburg, Kharkiv and Kyiv.

“General History of Arts” characterizes Vasylkivskiy as a representative of the Ukrainian national school of painting, which continued the traditions of the Wanderers.

In 1900 he organized the first personal exhibition of 120 works in Kharkiv.

Together with Samokysh he published a large album of drawings, with annotations by Yavornytsky – “Ukrainian Antiquity” (1910). And in 1912 another work was published in Leipzig – “Motives of Ukrainian ornament”, to which Valkovsky painted watercolors with the most interesting examples of embroidery of the XVIII – early XIX centuries.

Before his death, he bequeathed more than 1340 of his works to the Museum of Archeology and Ethnography and left a significant amount of money to create a large national art museum in Kharkov.

The artist Serhiy Vasylkivskiy left almost 3,000 works, in the last days of his life he transferred one and a half thousand of them to the Kharkiv Art Museum. Unfortunately, most of them died during the Great Patriotic War, and today in museums and private collections are about 500 of his works.

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