Search Results: 'Mikhail Vrubel'
Mikhail Vrubel: Paintings
Mikhail Aleksandrovich Vrubel is as a rule observed among the Russian artists of the Symbolist movement. Indeed, he obviously stood isolated from modern art tendencies; therefore the source of his... More > atypical way should be finding in Byzantine and Early Renaissance art. Even in his first works, he demonstrated great talent for drawing and an idiosyncratic style. He would later develop a affinity for fragmentary composition and an "unfinished touch". In the words of an one art historian, "his palette acquired new strong saturated tones resembling the iridescent play of precious stones". In his mature period Vrubel developed a keen interest in Oriental arts, and particularly Persian carpets, and even attempted to imitate their texture in his paintings. Like other artists associated with the Art Nouveau style, he excelled not only in painting but also in applied arts, such as ceramics, majolica, and stained glass. He also produced architectural masks, stage sets, and costumes.< Less
Valentin Serov: Paintings and Drawings
Valentin Serov was outstanding Russian painter, and one of the leading portrait artists of his era. His early inspiration was sparked by the realistic art of Repin and Chistyakov. Further influences... More > on Serov were the old master paintings he viewed in the museums of Russia and Western Europe, friendships with Mikhail Vrubel and later Konstantin Korovin. The greatest works of Serov's early period were portraits: The Girl with Peaches and The Girl Covered by the Sun. In these paintings Serov concentrated on spontaneity of perception of the model and nature. In the development of light and color, the complex harmony of reflections, the sense of atmospheric saturation, and the fresh picturesque perception of the world, there appeared the features of early Russian impressionism. Serov's favorite models were actors, artists, and writers. At the same time, Serov developed a contrasting direction: he frequently produced intimate, heartfelt, chamber portraits, mainly of children and women.< Less
Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin was a Russian painter who attempted to reconcile classical and modern trends. His style was formed under a wide range of influences, often seemingly incompatible: 19th-century... More > Russian painters such as Aleksey Venetsianov, Aleksandr Ivanov and Mikhail Vrubel', the artists of the Munich Secession, Ferdinand Hodler, Maurice Denis, Gauguin, Matisse, the painting of Giovanni Bellini, early Russian frescoes and Russian folklore and popular songs. During his artistic development, Petrov-Vodkin extensively used an aesthetic of Orthodox icon together with brighter colours and unusual compositions. His works were often deemed blasphemous and erotic (sometimes even homoerotic). A main proponent his painting was Alexander Benois, and his main opponent - Ilya Repin.
Petrov-Vodkin was nearly forgotten in the Soviet Union as not true to the spirit of Socialist Realism but after the mid-1960s, he was rediscovered and rightfully reinstalled as one of the major Russian painters.< Less