Happy Birthday Andrei Ryabushkin!! Russian painter, born in 1861, this artist concentrated on Russian genre scenes. Both his father and brother were painters and when he was orphaned at age 14, he began his artistic study at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Following his training there, he went on to enter the Imperial Academy of Arts, which resulted in a stipend for independent study. Instead of traveling to Rome or Italy, Ryabushkin went to the towns and villages of rural Russia, studying the history and painting the common people in their everyday life. He also painted frescoes and created mosaics for the cathedrals at Novgorod and St, Petersburg. The painting included today is titled A Young Man Breaking into the Girls' Dance. I love the colors and patterning of the peasant girls' dresses and scarves, contrasted with the upstanding posture, plain shirt and traditional Russian fur cap of the boy.