Spring. Alexandr SHILOV

Alexandr SHILOV (born 1943)

It so happened that within the space of two or three months this year, a one-man show of Alexander Shilov’s paintings was held in two capitals—Moscow and Paris. The public in both cities voiced the same opinion: “Bravo! Welcome to a painter who defends tradition!”) “Shilov’s works show, first of all, that the traditions of …

Merchants from Overseas. Nikolai Konstantinovich ROERICH

Nikolai Konstantinovich ROERICH (1874-1947)

Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich, an out­standing artist, scholar and public figure, was born in St. Petersburg. His ancestors, of Danish and Norwegian stock, had settled in Russia in the first half of the eighteenth century. His father, who owned a notary office, was a highly cultured man with a wide range of interests, and many leading …

The Bolshevik. Boris Mikhailovich KUSTODIEV

Boris Mikhailovich KUSTODIEV (1878-1927)

Boris Kustodiev has a place of honour among those artists of the early twentieth century who worked to create a new socialist culture. A tal­ented genre-painter, master of psychological portraiture, book illustrator and stage-set artist, Kustodiev produced masterpieces in almost all the imitative arts. But his talent is most apparent in his poetic paintings on …