Voices from Russia

Sunday, 22 October 2017

22 October 2017. A Point to Ponder From Bertolt Brecht



Monday, 7 December 2015

7 December 2015. My Most Favourite Piece of Russian Art… “A Girl with Peaches” by Valentin Serov

00 Valentin Serov. Girl with Peaches. 1887

A Girl with Peaches

Valentin Serov



Everyone has their favourite piece of art… this one is my fave Russian artwork of all time. Serov is, perhaps, the ne plus ultra of Russian Impressionism. The lightness and balance of this painting makes it an aesthetic masterpiece. If you were to pin me down and demand to know which Russian painting was “the greatest of all time”, this is the one that I’d vote for. Yes, this is my most favourite piece of Russian art. Mind you, my favourite artist is Zinaida Serebyakova, but, as far as it concerns my fave painting, I’d say that this one deserves to stand with the best of all time.

If you can see what a person loves, you can see what sort of person that they are. This is a glimpse into my soul…


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

6 May 2015. Ars Longa, Vita Brevis… What is TRUE Endures

00 Conservatory Professor. South Front. VOV. 1942. 28.04.15


I wonder if any of the soldiers at this impromptu field concert still live… that was 73 years ago. No doubt, the professor is long gone… but as long as any of his listeners live, his art still lives. As long as any of his students live, his art still lives. As long as any of THEIR students live, his art still lives. If you have any sort of skill… pass it on. A part of you will live on in that on this earth…

Ars longa… vita brevis… Amen…


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

10 February 2015. Now, For Something Entirely Different…

00 the fat cat. 10.02.15


Russian artist Svetlana Petrova’s mother passed away, leaving behind her beloved orange cat, Zarathustra. Svetlana took in her mother’s feline companion; as she worked through her loss and grief, she began inserting Zarathustra into classical paintings. Soon after, it became a full-on project. It led to these amazing works of art, which give even the originals a run for their money.

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Fat Cat Art


Click here for the “Fat Cat” in English

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