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date: 12 November 2019

Stasov familylocked

  • B. M. Kirikov,
  • S. G. Fyodorov
  •  and Jeremy Howard

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Russian family of artists. The architect (1) Vasily Stasov was an eminent exponent of Neo-classicism. His son (2) Vladimir Stasov became a leading critic with democratic views and a champion of Realism in art.

(b Moscow, Aug 4, 1769; d St Petersburg, Sept 5, 1848).

Architect. One of the last great masters of the St Petersburg Neo-classical school along with Karl Rossi and Auguste Ricard Montferrand (1786–1858), he continued and perfected the traditions of Neo-classical monumentality and plasticity earlier developed by Ivan Starov (1745–1808), Andreyan Zakharov and Thomas-Jean de Thomon. Stasov’s buildings were characterized by strength and austerity, geometrical qualities and striking contrasts between the smoothness of the walls and the spatial, decisive quality of the order. As a rule he modified the forms of the most austere and monumental of the Classical orders: the Greek Doric. In striving for an original interpretation of traditional methods, he examined local urban planning and the natural landscape. Stasov mastered a wide range of styles; he designed both domestic buildings and ceremonial palace interiors, created large-scale buildings and introduced new metal constructions....

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