Alexey Gavrilovich Venetsianov (1780-1847) - Oh, Father's Dinner (1825) -
Russia Stamp issued 1973
Tretyakov Gallery Moscow
Born of Greek parents in Moscow, Venetsianov had a passion for art from a young age, although he was a public servant at the commencement of his working life.
His artwork was reknown for dpictions of peasant life in Russia in the early 19th Century. He maintained a group of friends who were also talented artists from modest backgrounds - none of them initially attained power in the art world, due to their lack of formal art training, but Venesianov was appointed as a court painter by Nicholas I at the latter stages of his life.
The artist reportedly died when he was aboard a horse driven carriage that fell down a steep slope.