I sincerely apologize for not posting for a while, been really busy. Anyways, I’ve changed my workplace a few weeks ago and there they have on display two pictures by Henryk Siemiradzki (1843-1902). Siemiradzki is known for working in Academism style when it was almost already out of fashion. Nevertheless his paintings were really popular and made him world famous.

The picture you see above is called “Christ and Sinner”. Here we see everything Siemiradzki got famous for: wonderful composition, bright colors and light, biblical subjects. The picture is full of sun and air. It was the very first picture the artist finished after moving to Rome as a pensioner of Imperial Academy of Arts.

I sincerely apologize for not posting for a while, been really busy. Anyways, I’ve changed my workplace a few weeks ago and there they have on display two pictures by Henryk Siemiradzki (1843-1902). Siemiradzki is known for working in Academism style when it was almost already out of fashion. Nevertheless his paintings were really popular and made him world famous.

The picture you see above is called “Christ and Sinner”. Here we see everything Siemiradzki got famous for: wonderful composition, bright colors and light, biblical subjects. The picture is full of sun and air. It was the very first picture the artist finished after moving to Rome as a pensioner of Imperial Academy of Arts.

This is Sky fight (1909) by Nikolas Roerich (Nikolai Rerich) (1874-1947) who was a painter, writer, traveller, archaeologist and philosopher. Roerich is best known for depicting Russia’s ancient past. During the WW I he was among activist who tried to preserve architecture and different forms of art from damage. For that he earned several nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1917 he was basically forced to flee Russia after disagreeing with new government’s politics. After spending some time in London and New-York, Roerich and his family move to Asia, travel a lot and finally settle in India.
The picture you see depicts sky. Less than one fifth of the picture is occupied by land’s image. Sky takes up all the place here. We see skies of grey and golden, we see deep and pale blue, sometimes it’s thick and other times it is almost transparent. It looks like the storm is coming or has just gone away. It’s a fight. A fight between the Good and the Evil, a fight between forces we can not see but can feel.

This is Sky fight (1909) by Nikolas Roerich (Nikolai Rerich) (1874-1947) who was a painter, writer, traveller, archaeologist and philosopher. Roerich is best known for depicting Russia’s ancient past. During the WW I he was among activist who tried to preserve architecture and different forms of art from damage. For that he earned several nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1917 he was basically forced to flee Russia after disagreeing with new government’s politics. After spending some time in London and New-York, Roerich and his family move to Asia, travel a lot and finally settle in India.

The picture you see depicts sky. Less than one fifth of the picture is occupied by land’s image. Sky takes up all the place here. We see skies of grey and golden, we see deep and pale blue, sometimes it’s thick and other times it is almost transparent. It looks like the storm is coming or has just gone away. It’s a fight. A fight between the Good and the Evil, a fight between forces we can not see but can feel.

Recently the world’s been celebrating International women’s day which takes place on the 8th of March. This one of the reasons I’m offering you this picture. It was painted by probably the only widely famous Russian female artist Zinaida Serebriakova (1884 - 1967). The picture is called At the Dressing-Table (1909) and basically is a self-portrait. This is the picture that made Serebriakova famous.What we see here is a beautiful young woman doing here regular morning preparations. She’s by the mirror, combing her hair and smiling at the reflection. She’s not hiding from us, on contrary she’s inviting us to become guest of her pure, delicate, sweet and private female world that is full of little secrets. 
The artist was born into one of Russia’s most refined and artistic families, her mother came from the Benois family. Zinaida studied arts in Italy, France and Russia. She started drawing early in childhood and main theme of her works was beauty of nature and people surrounding her. Lot’s of her works depict rural life, countryside and peasant people.
At the outbreak of revolution Serebriakova was left all alone with her four children and sick mother - her husband died of typhus. There was no work, no food.
In the autumn of 1924, Serebriakova went to Paris, having received a commission for a large decorative mural. On finishing this work, she intended to return to the Soviet Union, where her mother and the four children remained. Several years after she was able to have her two youngest children join her.
The next time she ever saw her elder children was 36 years later - in 1960.

Recently the world’s been celebrating International women’s day which takes place on the 8th of March. This one of the reasons I’m offering you this picture. It was painted by probably the only widely famous Russian female artist Zinaida Serebriakova (1884 - 1967). The picture is called At the Dressing-Table (1909) and basically is a self-portrait. This is the picture that made Serebriakova famous.What we see here is a beautiful young woman doing here regular morning preparations. She’s by the mirror, combing her hair and smiling at the reflection. She’s not hiding from us, on contrary she’s inviting us to become guest of her pure, delicate, sweet and private female world that is full of little secrets.

The artist was born into one of Russia’s most refined and artistic families, her mother came from the Benois family. Zinaida studied arts in Italy, France and Russia. She started drawing early in childhood and main theme of her works was beauty of nature and people surrounding her. Lot’s of her works depict rural life, countryside and peasant people.

At the outbreak of revolution Serebriakova was left all alone with her four children and sick mother - her husband died of typhus. There was no work, no food.

In the autumn of 1924, Serebriakova went to Paris, having received a commission for a large decorative mural. On finishing this work, she intended to return to the Soviet Union, where her mother and the four children remained. Several years after she was able to have her two youngest children join her.

The next time she ever saw her elder children was 36 years later - in 1960.

The Shrovetide week or “the Pancake week” (another synonym is Mardi Gras) ends this weekend and so tonight I’d like to show you this picture, it is called Shrovetide (1916) and was painted by Boris Kustodiev. I have already mentioned him and his art once here .
So I’d like to tell about Russian Shrovetide traditions. It’s not just about eating pancakes all week long. It’s a very interesting holiday tradition which comes hand in hand with both religion and culture. From heathen point of view Shrovetide is about welcoming spring and saying good-bye to winter. At the same time in Christianity it marks the beginning of Lent.
Traditionally, people would eat pancakes all week long, visit friends and relatives, visit fairs and just have fun.The holiday combines loads of fun, loads of food and loads of thoughts, actually. And this is what Kustodiev depicts. Actyually this is not the only picture on the subject by this artist. There are many. So, enjoy your pancakes!

The Shrovetide week or “the Pancake week” (another synonym is Mardi Gras) ends this weekend and so tonight I’d like to show you this picture, it is called Shrovetide (1916) and was painted by Boris Kustodiev. I have already mentioned him and his art once here .

So I’d like to tell about Russian Shrovetide traditions. It’s not just about eating pancakes all week long. It’s a very interesting holiday tradition which comes hand in hand with both religion and culture. From heathen point of view Shrovetide is about welcoming spring and saying good-bye to winter. At the same time in Christianity it marks the beginning of Lent.

Traditionally, people would eat pancakes all week long, visit friends and relatives, visit fairs and just have fun.The holiday combines loads of fun, loads of food and loads of thoughts, actually. And this is what Kustodiev depicts. Actyually this is not the only picture on the subject by this artist. There are many. So, enjoy your pancakes!

So tonight the Olympics end and I present you a sport-themed picture. It is called Skiers (1926) and was painted by Sergey Luchishkin.
Luchishkin was a Soviet painter and stage-decorator. He is best known for his work in a film called Circus (1936). Also he was a member of various artistic groups and unions that used to experiment with arts in their search of new shapes, forms and styles. 
Most of Luchishkin’s works are a bit absurd and a bit tragic yet eye-catching. Unfortunately, the artist didn’t paint regularly so his late works look quite rough and rather dull.

So tonight the Olympics end and I present you a sport-themed picture. It is called Skiers (1926) and was painted by Sergey Luchishkin.

Luchishkin was a Soviet painter and stage-decorator. He is best known for his work in a film called Circus (1936). Also he was a member of various artistic groups and unions that used to experiment with arts in their search of new shapes, forms and styles.

Most of Luchishkin’s works are a bit absurd and a bit tragic yet eye-catching. Unfortunately, the artist didn’t paint regularly so his late works look quite rough and rather dull.

This is a Portrait of Alexander Pushkin (1827) by Orest Kiprensky (1782-1836).Today is the 10th of February. On this day 177 years ago died Alexander Pushkin who has always been regarded as “the Sun of Russian poetry”. To put it in a nutshell Pushkin means to Russians as much as Shakespeare means to English. Pushkin had been wounded during the duel and died several days after that. He was only 37 years old.
During the lifetime he composed approximately 783 poetry pieces, 1 novel in verse, 18 epic poems (6 of which were not finished), 7 fairy tales, 15 novels, 8 dramas. And this is not mentioning various drafts and articles of history and literature. Unfortunately, Pushkin’s verses are rather hard to be interpreted or translated accurately. That is why Western culture doesn’t appreciate him as much as Russian does.
Kiprensky was the first and the most famous Russian portraitist of the early 19th century. Also he is considered to be one of the best Russian artist of all time. His idols were Rubens and Rembrandt. Kiprensky spent his last days in Italy where he also was buried.

This is a Portrait of Alexander Pushkin (1827) by Orest Kiprensky (1782-1836).

Today is the 10th of February. On this day 177 years ago died Alexander Pushkin who has always been regarded as “the Sun of Russian poetry”. To put it in a nutshell Pushkin means to Russians as much as Shakespeare means to English. Pushkin had been wounded during the duel and died several days after that. He was only 37 years old.

During the lifetime he composed approximately 783 poetry pieces, 1 novel in verse, 18 epic poems (6 of which were not finished), 7 fairy tales, 15 novels, 8 dramas. And this is not mentioning various drafts and articles of history and literature.

Unfortunately, Pushkin’s verses are rather hard to be interpreted or translated accurately. That is why Western culture doesn’t appreciate him as much as Russian does.

Kiprensky was the first and the most famous Russian portraitist of the early 19th century. Also he is considered to be one of the best Russian artist of all time. His idols were Rubens and Rembrandt. Kiprensky spent his last days in Italy where he also was buried.

This is Portrait of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli  by Pietro Antonio Rotari (1707- 1762).
Rastrelli was aт architect of Italian origin who spent most time working in Russia and who developed an easily recognizable style of Late Baroque, both sumptuous and majestic. Among his major works are the Winter Palace (occupied by the Hermitage museum) in Saint Petersburg and the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo.
Portrait of the architect was painted by the artist who also originated from Italy. Rotari was invited to Russia by empress Elisabeth and was appointed a court painter. He had a great success as a portraitist.

This is Portrait of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli  by Pietro Antonio Rotari (1707- 1762).

Rastrelli was aт architect of Italian origin who spent most time working in Russia and who developed an easily recognizable style of Late Baroque, both sumptuous and majestic. Among his major works are the Winter Palace (occupied by the Hermitage museum) in Saint Petersburg and the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo.

Portrait of the architect was painted by the artist who also originated from Italy. Rotari was invited to Russia by empress Elisabeth and was appointed a court painter. He had a great success as a portraitist.

Detail of the Last day of Pompeii (1830-1833) by Karl Bryullov (1799-1852). Head of a girl who is told to be a young bride.Try to spot her here:
http://artvecher.tumblr.com/post/69795923039/tonight-im-introducing-you-one-of-the-world

Detail of the Last day of Pompeii (1830-1833) by Karl Bryullov (1799-1852). Head of a girl who is told to be a young bride.Try to spot her here:

http://artvecher.tumblr.com/post/69795923039/tonight-im-introducing-you-one-of-the-world

This one here is by Valentin Serov (1865-1911) who was a very popular portraitist of his time. Serov painted almost every significant   . This is a Male Portrait (1900s). The man painted supposedly is Peter Carl Fabergé - probably the most famous jeweller, best known for the famous Fabergé eggs. Using precious metals and gemstones he created world-famous masterpieces that still fascinate people all over the world. Peter Carl inherited buisness from his family. After that there was a move from producing jewellery in the then fashionable French 18th century style, to becoming artist-jewellers. This resulted in reviving the lost art of enamelling and concentrating on setting every single stone in a piece to its best advantage. In 1885, Tsar Alexander III gave the House of Fabergé the title; ‘Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown’.This year a museum of Fabergé is to be opened in St Petersburg, Russia and I hope to get a place there. Come and visit.

This one here is by Valentin Serov (1865-1911) who was a very popular portraitist of his time. Serov painted almost every significant   . This is a Male Portrait (1900s). The man painted supposedly is Peter Carl Fabergé - probably the most famous jeweller, best known for the famous Fabergé eggs. Using precious metals and gemstones he created world-famous masterpieces that still fascinate people all over the world. Peter Carl inherited buisness from his family. After that there was a move from producing jewellery in the then fashionable French 18th century style, to becoming artist-jewellers. This resulted in reviving the lost art of enamelling and concentrating on setting every single stone in a piece to its best advantage. In 1885, Tsar Alexander III gave the House of Fabergé the title; ‘Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown’.

This year a museum of Fabergé is to be opened in St Petersburg, Russia and I hope to get a place there. Come and visit.

This is an illustration to “The tale of Tsar Saltan” by Ivan Bilibin (1876-1942) and it is called called "The merchants visit tsar Saltan" (1905)
Ivan Bilibin was an artist, illustrator and stage decorator of the late 19th and 20th century. Bilibin is famous for his unique style and manner of drawing and illustrating. Bilin studied art in Munich and St Petersburg. Used  to be Ivan Repin’s student for some time. He illustrated his first fairytale after visiting a small village near Tombov. His illustrations to Russian fairy tales and legends are probably the most famous ones.Bold firm counter filled in with colours and wast variety of ornaments - here are the features that will help you to identify Bilibin’s work.
As for the story, it is to long to be retold here. I suggest you should google it up if you’re interested. It’s a tale by Alexander Pushkin - the most famous Russian poet of all time.
And as for Bilibin himself, well… After the Revolution of 1917 he immigrated, lived in Egypt and France, but came back to his homeland in 1930’s and settled in Leningrad (the name for St Petersburg in Soviet times). Bilibin died in 1942 in besiged Leningrad and was buried in a common grave near Smolenski graveyard.

This is an illustration to “The tale of Tsar Saltan” by Ivan Bilibin (1876-1942) and it is called called "The merchants visit tsar Saltan" (1905)

Ivan Bilibin was an artist, illustrator and stage decorator of the late 19th and 20th century. Bilibin is famous for his unique style and manner of drawing and illustrating. Bilin studied art in Munich and St Petersburg. Used  to be Ivan Repin’s student for some time. He illustrated his first fairytale after visiting a small village near Tombov. His illustrations to Russian fairy tales and legends are probably the most famous ones.

Bold firm counter filled in with colours and wast variety of ornaments - here are the features that will help you to identify Bilibin’s work.

As for the story, it is to long to be retold here. I suggest you should google it up if you’re interested. It’s a tale by Alexander Pushkin - the most famous Russian poet of all time.

And as for Bilibin himself, well… After the Revolution of 1917 he immigrated, lived in Egypt and France, but came back to his homeland in 1930’s and settled in Leningrad (the name for St Petersburg in Soviet times). Bilibin died in 1942 in besiged Leningrad and was buried in a common grave near Smolenski graveyard.