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A nineteenth century Russian painter, Pavel Andreyevich Fedo tov was an amateur who died in a mental institution. Though he was only 37 years old at the time of his death, many of his works are still considered masterpieces. Like William Hogarth, he specialized in portraits and landscapes. His most famous works include the painting of soldiers and drills.

Although his works were highly refined, they remained characteristic of the human figure, with expressive faces and gestures. As the nineteenth century drew to a close, Fedotov turned to nature for inspiration, looking for forms that would convey the human essence. The result was a more realistic portrayal of life. During this time, Fedotov was awarded the highest decree for the production of first officers.

Despite his early failure to make any sort of fortune, Fedotov did not give up his work. After working for years in the fields, he retired to his home on Vasilievsky Island in St. Petersburg. This time of privations and poverty made him dedicate himself to his art, and he created some of his most famous works in this period. However, he did not always get the recognition he deserved.

His life was complicated by his constant struggle to support his family. He often worked late and was exhausted. In 1849, he joined the Petrashevsky social-democratic group, but was eventually isolated. He wrote in his letters that his work only caused a gnat's buzz. The Tsarist government was repressive of freedom of speech and expression, but he remained in the military and never resigned.

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