Kossenkov, Vassiliy Petrovich

KossenkovVassiliy Petrovich Kossenkov

takes his place among other renowned Soviet landscape painters such as Efrem I. Zverkov, Nikolai Efimovich Timkov, Vladimir Y. Yukin, and Vladimir Fedorovich Tokarev.  These masters are brought together by openness, simplicity and delicacy.  The emotional intensity of their paintings is rooted in their tender allegiance to their native land.

Kossenkov was born in 1919 in the Smolenski Russian Region, or “Smolenshchina.”  His father, who was a master carpenter and well-educated man, taught Kossenkov from childhood a great appreciation for art and beauty.  He remained close to nature throughout his life, and traveled extensively throughout Russia, painting on location in all seasons and weather conditions.

In 1937 Kossenkov attended the Dulevskoye Art Ceramic School.  From there, he was specially chosen to advance to the Stroganovskoye School,  now known as the Moscow Institute of Applied and Decorative Art.  Later, he would be chosen to attend the Surikov Art Institute.  However, disaster struck just as his intense art education was getting underway.  His father died, and Kossenkov was obliged to earn his daily bread himself, frequently working at night.  He continued his studies, however, until more hardship came, this time by way of the Great Patriotic War.

During the 1940’s the Great Patriotic War waged on, and art students were evacuated to Samarkand.  Scholarships ran out, any extra money was nearly impossible to earn.  Students went hungry, but students and teachers stuck together, and continued their studies despite the difficulties.

Kossenkov attempted four times to enlist in the army, begging to go to the frontline. However, his applications were vehemently blocked by none other than Sergey Vassilievich Gerasimov, one of his instructors, and himself a Master Soviet Era Impressionist.  Finally, Kossenkov applied again, and this time was accepted.  He was sent to Stalingrad as a platoon leader, where he was almost fatally wounded on December 20, 1942.  His entire artillery section was killed, his friends all perishing during the 4 months and 18 day siege.  Kossenkov dragged himself to the Russian encampment, and spent the next one and a half years in hospitals around the Ural Region.  He won three tributes:  The First and Second Order Great Patriotic War, and the Order of the Red Star.  But the war haunted him physically and mentally, and he never turned to war themes as subject matter for his artworks.

Kossenkov returned to the V. I. Surikov Art Institute, where he graduated.  Igor Emanuilovich Grabar was head of the institute, and later Sergey Gerasimov took his place.  It was Nikolai Kharitonovich Maximov who recommended Kossenkov for entry to the institute.  So it was that Kossenkov achieved the opportunity to study at arguably the best art institute, and under some of the best Soviet Masters of that time and place.  Among them:  Dmitri Konstantinovich Mochalski, V.V. Pochitalov, I.I. Chkmalov, Aristarkh V. Lentulov, Tkachev, and Vladimir N. Gavrilov.

Kossenkov aslo attended the Surikov Art Institute with Elena Borisovna Popova, who would become his true friend, devoted companion throughout all of his journeys, and wife.

Elena would later say of Kossenkov’s work:  “Vassiliy belonged to that type of person who could discover beauty and joy in life and share it with others.  The same is applicable to his art.  He had an ability to see the unusual in ordinary things.  He didn’t strive after the spectacular states of nature; he adored painting what other people passed by, having taken no notice of:  A bush in a spring puddle, the depths of the forest, an overwintered autumnal twig of the birch.  He liked to paint point-blank a blooming apple tree or a cherry tree, as well as things quickly passing away, such as drifting clouds, splashes of sunlight on the water surface, fog and falling snow.  He seemed to stop moments inviting us to adore the beauty of nature together.”

Kossenkov’s travels took him to the Kola Penisula on a geological expedition.  The day-to-day life and hard work of the geologists in the field inspired important and monumental paintings.  He also studied wildlife, even spending time with reindeer breeders on Kolsky Island.

Kossenkov was an accomplished athlete, and was a ski instructor, gaining much practice on Mount Elbrus.

Kossenkov exhibited his paintings beginning at an unusually young age.

1951 All Union Art Exhibition, Moscow.

1953 Spring Art Exhibition of Moscow artists, Moscow.

1954 All Union Art Exhibition, Young Artists Presentation.

1954 Youngest Artist’s Exhibition, Moscow.

1955 Spring Art Exhibition, Moscow Artists, Moscow.

1955 Exhibition of Pictorial Art and Graphic Artists of Moscow.

1957 All Union Art Exhibition «Moscow CountrysideLandscape,» Moscow.

1957 Solo Exhibition «Social Moscow,» Moscow.

1958 All Union Art Exhibition «40 years KomsomolMembers,» Moscow.

1960 First Republican Exhibition «Soviet Russia,»Moscow.

1962 Exhibition «Physical Culture and Sport inRepresentional Art,» Moscow.

1964 Exhibition «Moscow — Capital of the Country,» Moscow.

1964 Solo Exhibition, Moscow.

1965 Second Republican Exhibition «Soviet Russia,» Moscow.

1966 Fall Art Exhibition, Moscow Artists, Moscow.

1967 All Union Art Exhibition «50 Years Great October,» Moscow.

1970 Art Exhibition, Moscow Artists Commemorate 100 Years Since Vladimir Lenin’s Birth, Moscow.

1973 Moscow Zonal Exhibition, Moscow.

1975 Art Exhibition, Moscow Artists Tribute to 25th Communists Congress, Moscow.

1976 Exhibition of Modern Soviet Art, Japan.

1977 Exhibition of Modern Soviet Craft, Japan.

1977 Moscow Zonal Exhibition, Moscow.

1978 Exhibition, Composition of Art, Artists of Russian Federation «Landscape,» Moscow.

1980 Exhibition of Modern Soviet Art, Japan.

1982-1984 Personal Exhibitions, Moscow;  Volgograd Smolensk.

1983 Veterans of Second World War Exhibition, Moscow.

1984 Exhibition «North Russia,» Moscow.

1985 Exhibition «40 years Victory WWII»

1985 Moscow Zonal Exhibition, Moscow

1986 Spring Art Exhibition, Moscow Artists, Moscow.

1987 Exhibition Moscow Veterans of World War II

1987 Fall Art Exhibition, Moscow Artists, Moscow.

1988 Spring Art Exhibition, Moscow Artists, Moscow.

1988 Fall Art Exhibition, Moscow Artists, Moscow.

1989 Exhibition, Moscow Veterans of World War II

1989 Fall Art Exhibition, Moscow Artists, Moscow.

1990 All Russian Republic Exhibition «Natal Country,» Moscow.

1991 Spring Art Exhibition, Moscow Artists, Moscow.

1997 Personal Exhibition in Zamoscvorechie Gallery, Moscow.

2001-2002 Two Personal Exhibitions in Gallery «Les Areades» in Europe.

2004 Exhibitions by Gallery «Les Areades»

2005 Exhibition «60 Years Victory WWII,» Moscow.

2006 Exhibition «Victory WWII,» Moscow. Vassiliy Petrovich Kossenkov Paintings


Located in Various Cities and Countries


  1. «Bird Day» Diploma painting. Exhibited at First International Festival in Berlin, 1957.

«Bird day» currently located in Kazan City Art Museum.

  1. «Last Fall Days» — Regional Museum of Art in Briansk City.
  2. «Hibinskie Tundra» and «Hibinskie Plato» — Museum of Soil Managing, Moscow.
  3. «Geologists Weekdays», Byelorussia Art Museum in Minsk, Belaurus.
  4. «Moscow Region Landscape» — Regional Art Gallery, City of Oriel.
  5. «Village In Fiord» History Art Museum, City of Zaraisk.
  6. «Morning»  Russian Museum, St. Petersburg.
  7. «Morning»(Variant) Museum of Art, Komsomolsk on Amour River City.
  8. «Dreams»  Museum of Art Archangelsk City.
  9. «On North»- Region Art Gallery, City of Kemerovo.
  10. «Spring Bell» and «Snowdrop In Forest»  Museum of Smolensk National Forest.
  11. «Tavolga Flavored» and «On Msta River Bay»  Museum of Art, Smolensk City.
  12. «At Valaam Island»  Museum of Architectural History, Valaam Island.
  13. «Valaam, Pearl Of Karelia»  Museum of Art Petrozavodsk City.
  14. «Landscapes Of Middle Line Of Russia,» 5 paintings Museum On Poklonnya Gora, Moscow.
  15. «First Snow»  Military Museum, Moscow.
  16. «Green May»  Republican Museum of Art Yakutsk City.
  17. «In Kamchatka Fiord», Tomsk City Art Gallery
  18. «May Wind»  Exhibit of work commissioned by Russian Art Fund, Moscow


Japan: Gallery «Gecso» Exhibition

1.»Winter In Forest»

2.»Olin Garden»

3.»Fall Lace»

4. «Spring»

5.»Birch Alley»

6.»Hoarfrost In Forest»

7.»Freezing Morning»

8. «Spring Caprice»



Vassiliy Petrovich Kossenkov Paintings are also found in private collections in Canada, Austria, England, Germany, France, The United States, Russia, and many Eastern European countries.

We have a large collection of paintings by Vassiliy Petrovich Kossenkov.  The pieces attached are a small representation of his collection.


Vassiliy Petrovich Kossenkov (1919 – 1992)

“Autumn Dress”


Oil on Canvas

25.5” x 31.5” Image



Vassiliy Petrovich Kossenkov (1919 – 1992)

“Alloy On Umba River”

Oil on Canvas

27.5” x 37.25” Image



Vassiliy Petrovich Kossenkov (1919 – 1992)

“Istra River”


Oil on Canvas

19.5” x 23.5” Image



Vassiliy Petrovich Kossenkov (1919 – 1992)

“In Village”


Oil on Canvas

31.5” x 30.75” Image



Vassiliy Petrovich Kossenkov (1919 – 1992)

“Summer On Bezdon Lake”


Oil on Canvas

31.25” x 39.25” Image



Vassiliy Petrovich Kossenkov (1919 – 1992)

“Spring In Forest”

Oil on Canvas

31.5” x 35.75” Image



Vassiliy Petrovich Kossenkov (1919 – 1992)

“Three Figures”


Oil on Canvas

19.5” x 19.5” Image



Vassiliy Petrovich Kossenkov (1919 – 1992)

“At Slough”


Oil on Canvas

27.5” x 23.5”



Vassiliy Petrovich Kossenkov (1919 – 1992)

“Autumn Breath”


Oil on Panel

19.5” x 27.5” Image



Vassiliy Petrovich Kossenkov (1919 – 1992)

“Aspen Tree In Rocks”

Oil on Canvas

37” x 27” Image