Portrait of the Artist and Art Teacher Kirill Golovachevsky with Three Pupils of the Imperial Academy of Arts
Alexei Venetsianov is a master of the everyday life genre and created an independent art movement (“Venetsianov school”). He worked for the postal and then for the forestry departments. Venetsianov learned painting by himself: he followed lessons of Vladimir Boroviskovsky and copied paintings from the Hermitage. The portrait of Kirill Golovachevsky with pupils granted Venetsianov the title of academician in 1811.
Kirill Golovachevsky (1735–1823) was a history painter, a portraitist and headmaster of the Imperial Academy of Arts.