Happy Birthday Alexander Brullov!! Russian born artist from a French family of artists, Brullov was born in 1798, in St. Petersburg. He attended the Imperial Academy of Arts and then studied art and architecture on a tour of Europe, creating many watercolor portraits. He was also an illustrator, a lithographer and teacher. In his architectural design he was interested in Gothic Revival, through his painting he explored Romanticism and Neo-Classical styles. One of his most well known portraits is that of poet Alexander Pushkin's wife Natalya Goncharova-Pushkina.