Lonely Planet review
Victor Vasnetsov (1848–1926) was a Russian-revivalist painter and architect famous for his historical paintings with mystical and fairy-tale subjects. In 1894 Vasnetsov designed his own house in Moscow, which is now a museum branch of the Tretyakov. Fronted by a colourful gate, it is a charming home in neo-Russian style, still filled with the original wooden furniture, a tiled stove and many of the artist’s paintings. The attic studio, where he once painted, is now hung with paintings depicting Baba Yaga and other characters from Russian fairy tales.
Early on, Vasnetsov was scorned for his fantastical style, as it was such a startling contrast to the realism of the Peredvezhniki (Wanderers, 19th-century art movement). Even Pavel Tretyakov, the most prominent patron of the arts at the time, refused to buy his paintings. However, by the turn of the century, he found a source of support in Savva Mamontov, whose financing drove the Russian revivalist movement.