Vasily Grigorievich Perov (21 December 1833 (January 2, 1834) — may 29 (10 June) 1882) — Russian painter, one of the founding members of the Association of traveling art exhibitions.
Interest in painting came to a boy when he observed the work of the invited artist's father. In the years 1843-1846 Basil was trained in the Arzamas district school. In 1852 Vasily Perov came to Moscow and the following year he enrolled in Moscow school of painting, sculpture and architecture.
In 1856, presented to the Imperial Academy of arts "the Portrait of Nicholas G. Ridener, brother of the artist" Perov was awarded a small silver medal. In 1863-1864, V. G. Perov lived and worked in Paris. To this period belong his paintings depicting European scenes of street life ("Merchant awards", "Savoyard", "Grinder", "the Beggars on the Boulevard, and Musicians and onlookers", and "rag-pickers").