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Russian Fine Art

15 December 2016 05:19:05  The History of Russian Fine Art

In the history of Russian fine art one can distinguish two periods. Peter the Great reforms marked the border between them. The difference is extremely deep and concerns the very essence of artistic perception of the world and a human being.

In Old Russia painting appeared and developed in a close connection with icon worshiping, the basis of which is the doctrine of Incarnation.

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The History of Russian Fine Art

13 October 2016 23:16:21  Repin, Shiskin and Kramskoy

In the work of Ivan Shishkin there is an arresting naturalism not at all like the earlier "invented landscapes" of the Academy. It is evident in his work that here is a man who loves nature as it is. In his painting, Backwoods, 1872, the artist presents us with a view of a woodland interior complete with an almost overabundance of detail. A fox can be seen in the lower corner of the picture, but small and indistinct in the wealth of its surroundings. The painting is composed of but one predominant tone and little or no value contrast - precisely as the scene would have appeared. Honesty and realism are the picture's carrying force.

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Repin, Shiskin and Kramskoy

14 October 2016 17:30:02  The Immortal Itinerants (Peredvizhniki)

By the end of the first half of the 19th Century, Russian intellectuals supported the need for reform in Russia. Russia had entered the age of capital development. Influenced by the liberal ideas of Chernyshevsky and Belinski, the Itinerant movement established the first Free Society of Artists in Russia. The founding of the Itinerant's movement was a measure calculated to express the need for rejection of the social order in Tsarist Russia.

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The Immortal Itinerants (Peredvizhniki)

07 October 2016 19:51:30  Kasimir Malevich. Black Square

If you think that all art should be comforting, literal, narrative, perhaps somewhat erotic, and depict rationally classical articlesubtitleject matter, then your taste in art coincides quite easily with those of that noted German art connoisseur and would-be artist from the early twentieth century, Adolf Hitler. If, on the other hand, you feel art should have no relation whatsoever with nature, humanity, politics, or social message but exist purely for its own being, its form dictated only from the graphic, intellectual exercises of the artist's brain, then your tastes would fall perfectly in line with another art extremist of the time, Kazimir Malevich.

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Kasimir Malevich

15 October 2016 03:32:19  The Russian Painters of Water

Water is key to the formation of the world and human society. It is one of the four primeval elements from which, people once believed, the whole world was made. Water certainly was - and still is - the principal force whose eroding power forms the features of the land over aeons of geological time. Today it separates the earth's continents from each other. The first human settlements were made near water, beside lakes, rivers and sea shores. According to various ancient beliefs, water once drowned the whole world, and then receded to allow humankind to make a fresh beginning.

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The Russian Painters of Water

16 October 2016 00:51:38  Old Russian Icons

Before entering the world of Russian iconography, we need to consider one icon that stands as a symbolic link between the Byzantine and Russian cultures. This icon is the Theotokos of Vladimir, perhaps the most venerated icon in Russia. The Greek word 'Theotokos' can be translated into English as 'Mother of God' or 'God-bearer.' This title of the Mother of Jesus was adopted by the Christian Church at the Third Ecumenical Council of Ephesus in 431.

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Old Russian Icons

16 October 2016 03:06:13  The Rebirth of Russian Art

Ever since glasnost and perestoika, Russian art has been gaining popularity in this country and in Europe. Along with the Vivat! festival, there have been a spate of recent exhibits, events and collaborations that evidence a rising tide of interest in Russian art in the West. For instance, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow have shaken hands on a long-term alliance between the two institutions to exchange art works. Marketplace interest is growing as well. Some contemporary Russian emigre artists, such as San Francisco resident Vladimir Vitkovsky and Philadelphia resident Alex Kanevsky, are finding success in U.S. art galleries.

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The Rebirth of Russian Art

16 October 2016 04:12:00  Russian Painting of the 20th Century

The early twentieth century in Russia was characterized by frenzied artistic activity and creativity. Inspired by a close association with and increased exposure to current European artistic styles, the Russian avant-garde artists reinterpreted these styles by combining them with their own unique innovations. No longer did the Russians simply follow Europe's lead; now they initiated new and exciting artistic experiments which would ultimately change the face and the direction of modern art.

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Russian Painting of the 20th Century

16 October 2016 13:48:27  Realism in Russian paintings

Realism, realism! How often this word is repeated and yet how rarely, it would appear, is it used with full understanding of its meaning!

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Realism in Russian paintings

16 October 2016 14:32:10  Pavel Tretyakov (1832-1898) - Brief Biography

Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov (1832-1898) was a businessman, patron of art, collector, and philanthropist. His brother S.M.Tretyakov was also a famous patron of art and a philanthropist.

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Pavel Tretyakov (1832-1898) - Brief Biography

16 October 2016 15:17:48  Was Kandinskiy Painting by Sound?

Synaesthesia - the capacity to see sound and hear colour - to create the world's first truly abstract paintings. Russian-born artist Vasiliy Kandinskiy (Wassily Kandinsky) is widely credited with making the world's first truly abstract paintings, but his artistic ambition went even further. He wanted to evoke sound through sight and create the painterly equivalent of a symphony that would stimulate not just the eyes but the ears as well. This article describes not only how he removed all recognizable subjects and objects from the Western art around 1911, but how he achieved a new pictorial form of music.

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Was Kandinskiy Painting by Sound?

17 October 2016 02:04:33  Repin's Painting "The Volga Barge-Haulers"

The most varied types have come together in this gang of barge haulers. The most quintessential, fundamental ones step forward at the front, like a pair of powerful buffalo. With their dishevelled heads, their chests bronzed by the sun, and their veiny hands hanging down, motionless, these are a sort of somnolent Hercules. What a look there is in their indomitable eyes, what flared nostrils there are, what cast-iron muscles! Immediately behind then, pulling on his strap and bending low to the ground, there is another, third epic hero [bogatyr'], also in rags and with his hair fastened back with a cloth: this man, it seems, has been everywhere, trying his luck and experiencing life in all corners of the earth, and now himself has begun to look like an Indian or Ethiopian of sorts. Immediately behind their backs, dissembling a little and contriving to carry less, is a soldier, most likely retired, tall, wiry, and puffing on a shortish pipe. Behind him is a wizened old man who is completely yellow like wax; he is terribly ill and exhausted, and it seems that he has few days left to live. He has turned his wretched head to one side, and with his sleeve is wiping the sweat of weakness and inescapable torment from his brow.

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Repin's Painting "The Volga Barge-Haulers"