Wanderers, the

A Russian art movement whose artists painted realistically but for social and propagandistic purposes. E.g. they expressed their anger and concern with the absolute regime of the czar. The group of artists behind the Wanderers sent their exhibitions out in the provinces with the aim of enlightening and educating people.

The movement was organised by Nicholas Kramskoy in 1872, and included V.V. Vereshagin, Ilya Repin, Vladimir Makovsky and W Polenow.