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Sunday, 22 May 2016

The State Tretyakov Gallery is 160-Years-Old Today!

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Exactly 160 years ago, the art collector P M Tretyakov, a merchant and textile manufacturer, purchased the first paintings for his gallery. Tretyakov devoted more than 40 years of his life to the aim of creating a museum of the Russian National School of Painting. In the 1881, the gallery opened to the public. In 1892, Tretyakov gave his collection to the city of Moscow as a gift.

22 May 2016

RIA Novosti



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…


Saturday, 22 August 2015

“Madonna” in DNR Uniform: Artists Created a New Symbol of Donetsk

00 Madonna of Donetsk. Yelena Matveyeva. 2015

Madonna of Donetsk

Yelena Matveyeva



Today, an exhibition put on by DNR professional and amateur artists opened at the Nadezhda Krupskaya Central Scientific Universal Library. The exposition, Donetsk: a City of Courage and Perseverance, honours the upcoming Day of the City (30 August). Boris Murzin, the head of the all-Republic Artist Club, said at the opening, “The symbol of the exhibition and of contemporary wartime Donetsk is a painting done in the style of a Madonna and Child dressed as a modern volunteer soldier with a child in her arms by Donetsk artist Yelena Matveyeva. In total, there are more than 100 works, in a variety of genres. We have portraits and landscapes, graphic art and paintings, art portraying the Donbass and its people. In every picture… we see an appeal for peace… and support for the present defenders of this miners’ region”. Zoya Kuznetsova, another participant in the exhibit, noted, “By profession I’m an economist. I worked in many parts of the USSR… from Sakhalin to the Donbass. Painting is a longstanding avocation of mine… to date, I’ve held over 20 solo exhibitions. Even in wartime, I won’t put down the palette. At the all-Republic Artist Club, in spite of shelling and other dangers, my mates Tatiyana Komendant, Vasili Beda, Klavdiya Lyubich, and many others still carry on”.

18 August 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency



It’s simple… the subject of this painting is NOT a recognisable religious figure, unlike Uniate blasphemies that show a recognisable Christ or Virgin. Ergo, one can see that the Orthodox people are keeping things within proper limits, whereas the Uniates and schismos are trampling on and profaning the sacred. That’s why no decent person can support the Uniate/schismo junta… not only are they murderous and thieving fascists; they trample on the sacred, too. It’s too much of a muchness…


Tuesday, 10 February 2015

10 February 2015. Now, For Something Entirely Different…

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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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