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The Vasnetsovs’ Country
The great Russian painters V.M. and A.M. Vasnetsov are Vyatka born.
The village of Ryabovo is the Vasnetsovs’ family estate. The Vasnetsovs lived
here for over 20 years. The beauty of the native land opened up before the
eyes of future painters Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov (1848-1926) and Appolinary
Mikhailovich Vasnetsov (1856-1933) in Ryabovo. They took the first lessons
in painting and living here. The Vasnetsov brothers glorified the wonderful
outskirts of the village: the marvelous woodland, blooming fields, and snow-covered
When grown-ups and famous painters, Viktor and Apollinary came to their native
village. Their parents were buried there.
About 400 persons live in Ryabovo and neighboring villages at present. The
Vasnetsovs’ readings are held in the localities every year. Painters come
here to draw sketches. Guests from the neighborhood arrive in the village
to take part in folklore festivals.
Since 1981, the Memorial Museum has been working in the Vasnetsovs’ house
preserved to present day.
The Kirov Regional Arts Museum founded on the initiative and with the assistance
of the painters bears the name of V.M. and A.M. Vasnetsov.
The museum has a rich collection of paintings: about 18 thousand works of
painting and graphic art, including 27 paintings by Viktor Vasnetsov and 25
– by Appolinary Vasnetsov, paintings by Shishkin, Levitan, Tropinin, Repin,
Surikov, Aivazovsky, Saryan, and Kandinsky.
The Memorial House Museum of V.M. and A.M. Vasnetsov:
Village of Ryabovo, the Zuyevka area, the Kirov region, 612468
Tel: +7. 833126.96.36.199
The V.M. and A.M. Vasnetsov Kirov Regional Arts Museum
70, Karl Marx Street, Kirov, 610000