By this time, Pavel Mikhailovich in the selection of works already fully relies on his own taste, despite the objections, and sometimes the indignation of eminent artists. He began not only to buy works already created, but also to order portraits.
At this time, Tretyakov became a sincere supporter of the newly formed Partnership of Traveling Art Exhibitions (Peredvizhniki). Pavel Mikhailovich attends all those new exhibitions, provides material and moral support to the independent artists. From this period of time, most of the paintings for the gallery are bought at those “traveling exhibitions” or even before them, right in the artists’ workshops.
In aesthetic terms, the Partnership participants, or Wanderers, purposefully opposed themselves to academicians until the 1890s. They claimed to be inspired by populism. By organizing traveling exhibitions, the Wanderers conducted active educational activities and ensured the marketing of their works; The economic life of the Partnership was built on cooperative principles.
Partnership of Traveling Art Exhibitionsb (Peredvizhniki)
Membership – Admission to the Partnership was carried out by running for a general meeting.
Type of organization – Creative Association of Artists.
Basis – Date of foundation: 1863
Liquidation – 1923 (USSR).
Pavel Mikhailovich highly appreciated the talent of I. N. Kramskoi, with whom he became especially close in 1876. At this time, the artist lived at Tretyakov’s house in Lavrushinsky Lane, where he painted a portrait of Vera Nikolaevna Tretyakova.
Taking advantage of the malaise and forced inaction of the forever-busy Tretyakov, the artist began to paint his portrait. Since then, friendships began with families. The rapprochement was facilitated by both general artistic views and the belief in the public, civic mission of art.
Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi (1837 – 1887) – Russian painter and draftsman, master of genre, historical and portrait painting; art critic.