Frontispiece for A. S. Pushkin’s poem “The Bronze Horseman”. Alexander Nikolayevich BENOIS

Alexander Nikolayevich BENOIS (1870-1960)

Alexander Benois was extremely versatile: he was a painter, a graphic, an art-critic, a lead­ing figure of the ‘World of Art’ society, a proli­fic writer on the work of Russian and foreign masters, and an outstanding scene-painter who worked in the theatres of Moscow, St. Peters­burg and in many cities in Europe and America. His …

At Dinner. Zinaida Yevgenyevna SEREBRYAKOVA

Zinaida Yevgenyevna SEREBRYAKOVA (1884-1967)

Zinaida Serebryakova was born on the estate of Neskuchnoye near Kharkov. Her father, Yevgeny Lansere, was a well-known sculptor, and her mother, who was related to Alexander Benois, was good at drawing. One of Zinaida’s brothers, Nikolai, was a talented architect, and her other brother, Yevgeny Lansere, has an important place in Russian and Soviet …

A Moscow Cab Driver. Pavel Petrovich TRUBETSKOI

Pavel Petrovich TRUBETSKOI (1866-1938)

The turn of the century brought to Russian art a highly original master who created deeply psy­chological images in all the various forms of sculpture—from small-scale pieces to monu­mental works. Pavel Trubetskoi gained renown as a sculptor who showed a striking and poetic affinity with nature.

The Washer-Women. Abram Yefimovich ARKHIPOV

Abram Yefimovich ARKHIPOV (1862-1930)

Abram Yefimovich Arkhipov made his name in the history of Russian art of the turn of the century as a sensitive, poetic artist who devoted all his talent to themes from peasant life. He was born into a poor peasant family in a remote vil­lage in Ryazan Gubernia. As a boy he first showed an …

. Nikolay ROERICH

Nikolay ROERICH (1874-1947)

Nikolay Konstantinovich Roerich was an artist of versatile talents who lived an eventful life. He spent his first forty years in Russia, the land of his birth, devoted several years to expeditions into the countries of Central Asia and lived the last twenty years of his life in India. Roerich is known not only as …

Country. Boris KUSTODIEV

Boris KUSTODIEV (1878-1927)

His works combine seemingly disharmonious elements. They reveal a rapturous perception of feminine beauty, and at the same time a touch of kind irony towards his model; open acceptance of modern times along with nostalgia for the “good old days”; absolute realism in details and a very free treatment of compositional elements.

Enemy stopped. Fyodor Pavlovich USYPENKO

Fyodor Pavlovich USYPENKO (1917-2000)

“I am a history painter,” says Fyodor Usypenko, one of the artists who created the huge diorama entitled “Alexander Suvorov’s Alpine Campaign”. Led by Suvorov, the many-thousand strong Russian army did something next to impossible in 1799, forcing its way across the high snow-clad mountain passes to surprise the enemy. Usypenko also took part in …

Kolkhoz festival. Arkady Alexandrovich PLASTOV

Arkady Alexandrovich PLASTOV (1893-1972)

Arkady Plastov was born into a peasant family in 1893. He attended the Moscow school of painting, sculpture and architecture and in 1917 returned to his native village where he has lived and worked ever since. His key theme is the life of the village. In 1966 he was awarded a Lenin prize for his …