Mikhail Gratchev (1913-23) Russian Painter. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts I.E.Repine, and became a leading artist of the Soviet realistic school. In the post-war period he devoted himself to the historical genre, making numerous studies of Russian peasants and views of countryside. Later in the 195-6s he created a variety of works, painting the Half Island of Crimea. His work was versatile, and his subject matter included portraits, still life and genre paintings. He is considered one of the most famous painters of Leningrad.