Happy Birthday Viktor Hartmann!! Russian painter and architect, Hartmann was born in 1834. He was raised by his uncle, an architect, after being orphaned at a young age. Following in his uncle's footsteps, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. He worked as an architect and illustrator, also painting in watercolor. He was one of the first to include Russian motifs in his art. Unfortunately, Hartmann died at the early age of 39. The plan here is a design for the city gate for Kiev.