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Special Project at XXXV Russian Antique Salon:
“LESSER DUTCHMEN” Dutch painting of the 17th century from the private collections of Moscow. The curator of a special project - Vadim Sadkov.
The exposition of Dutch paintings of the 17th century from private collections as a non-profit project in the halls of the CHA at the traditional autumn Russian Antique Salon is by no means accidental. And not just because it is timed to the activities of the Year of the Netherlands in Russia and Russia in the Netherlands, but, above all, because it is a unique opportunity to show to a wide Moscow audience the first-class museum-quality art material, which is scattered over several houses and private collectors and thus hardly accessible even for experts. Besides, the exhibition includes a number of works, never published in literature and never exhibited in Russia. On the other hand, the exhibition also presents a number of works from the large-scale project “Portraits of collectors. Russian and West-European art from the private collections of Moscow”, exhibited in the halls of Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in spring of 2012.
But, as is already evident from its name, the task of the mentioned exhibition was to show the unique appearance of individual private collections and the tastes of their owners; in this regard, paintings by Dutch artists were scattered in different halls among the works of masters of other national schools and chronological periods of art history. While our goal is to show within a relatively small exposition the peculiarities of perception of the world, a variety of genres and stylistic features of works by Dutch painters of the 17th century, which has long been rightly called the “golden age” of the artistic culture of the Netherlands.
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Masterpieces of Russian painting of the XIX-XX centuries from private collections.
The exhibition features major paintings of the leading masters of this period: I.K. Aivazovsky, L.F. Lagorio, K.F. Yuon, E.E. Lancer and others. Many of the exhibited works were exhibited by the authors at the exhibitions of the Imperial Academy of Arts, the “World of Art” and the Union of Russian Artists, and after that for a century were not available to the public.
Genre in Russian art of the second half of XIX century
“Peterbourgskiy Antikvar” Gallery
The second half of the XIX century was the flowering time of Russian genre painting. Artists have tried to capture not just the moments of daily life, by each picture they tried to tell a story. “Peterbourgskiy Antikvar” gathered at the exhibition the recognized artists: A. Karneyev, M.V. Nesterov, S.A. Vinogradov, A. Korzoukhin, N.K. Bodarevskiy, V.E. Makovsky, N.V. Kharitonov. Excellent example of the historical genre is the picture of I.K. Vintsman “By the sovereign pleasure is not lasting”, which tells the story of Maria Khlopova, the first bride of the Russian Tsar Mikhail Romanov. Each of these paintings is full of cordiality and kindness, joy and disarming sincerity - all that is typical to the wide Russian soul.
The collection of paintings of the Renaissance and late Renaissance, under the theme, characteristic of all early European culture. Madonna, the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God was a “beacon” for the whole classical art, including Russia, for which the icon of the Vladimir Mother of God has become a symbol of the country. Virgin Mary has always been and is an example of a woman, a mother and beauty. The gallery presents a few paintings of earlier eras. The collection includes Madonna by Domenico Pouliguen, Florentine master of the High Renaissance, Madonna with angels from the workshop of Lucas Cranach, Madonna with flowers from Brueghel studio, etc.
Fusion of Russian and European traditions in “Modern” style
“Na Patriarchikh” and “Russkiy Modern” Antique shops
European and Russian Art Nouveau objects live happily with each other. Just look how wonderfully Kuznetsovsky tableware looks on dining-room table, manufactured by the famous French furniture maker Louis Majorelle, and vice versa, a wonderful French lamp from Nancy House fits in the living room set, made by the best Petersburg furniture craftsmen. There will also be the masterpieces of decorative and applied art: Khlebnikov, Lancere, Legras; paintings by Sapunov, Borisov-Mousatov, Polenov, Falk, Korovin.
French industrial clocks
“Clock Depot” of A.Nikolsky Gallery
The exhibition includes a large assortment of clocks from France and Russia of XVIII-XX centuries: mantle clocks and sets, carriage, table and pocket watches. A special pride of the gallery - an exclusive collection of industrial clocks that embodied the new technological advances, which were the basis of the industrial revolution of the XIX century. The most rare items were displayed at the exhibition “In the maze of time”, held at the State Historic Museum.
Still-life in the Russian art of the first half of the XX century
Along with the beautiful works of the classics of Soviet art S.V. Gerasimov and F.S.Bogorodskiy the gallery presents: a rare watercolor “Flowers in an Eastern-style Vase”, 1929, the work by the bright representative of the Leningrad school of painting N.A. Tyrsa, and “Easter still-life”, 1900, by the outstanding exponent of association Union of Russian Artists M.V. Leblanc. Undoubtedly the attention of experts and fans of the “Jack of Diamonds” artists will be attracted to the painting “Still-life with clover” of the 1910s by one of the founders of the society R.R. Falk.
West-European art of XIX century
“Academy of Arts” Gallery
The exhibition includes famous painters of the XIX century, showing the genres and style diversity. The works of artists of the leading schools of France, Italy, Belgium, Denmark and Germany, give a fairly complete picture of the art of this period. The true valuables of the exhibition are the battle compositions of the masters of German Romantic painting, including the works “Before the horse walk” by Franz Krueger, who worked at the Imperial Court of Russia and the Royal Court of Prussia, and “Portrait of Count Eugène Allemann against the burning of Moscow” by documentary artist Adam Albrecht.
Two traditions. Orthodoxy and Catholicism
“ICON & OLD MASTERS” Gallery
The exhibition includes paintings by outstanding Flemish masters of XV-XVII centuries and beautiful examples of ancient painting of XVI-XIX centuries. The exhibition aims to show the points of contact of the two faiths in Christian art.
Vladimir Tambi. Graphics of 1920-1950 period
Collection of book and magazine graphics of famous Russian artist and illustrator Vladimir Tambi (1906-1955). The exhibition features paintings and printed graphics of different years from the 1920s to 1950s. Wartime paintings are remarkable for the unusual author technique. The works are painted on specially impregnated paper and are designed to be viewed against the light or illuminated from behind.
The charms of country living
“Classique de genre” Gallery
Old estates, the interiors of country houses, idyllic landscapes, wildflowers and other pained by artists of Russia and Western Europe of the second half of XIX - the turn of XIX-XX centuries. The exhibition presents the works of S.A. Vinogradov, S.Yu. Zhukovsky, P.I. Petrovichev, E. Koppenol, A. Cauchois, A. Glendening Jr. and others.
Group of artists of the Bolshoi Theatre. 1910-40s. The 130th anniversary of F.F. Fedorovsky
The exhibition is devoted to Fyodor Fedorovsky and theatrical artists of the first half of the twentieth century, whose work has been associated with the Bolshoi Theatre. The gallery presents works by outstanding artists: Konstantin Korovin, Anatoliy Petritsky, Grigory Pozhidaev, Vadim Ryndin, Isaac Rabinovitch, Valentina Khodasevich, Fyodor Fedorovsky and others. Among the exhibits - a landmark piece by Fedorovsky - sketch design of R.Wagner’s “Lohengrin” (1925); for the layout of scenery the artist got the Grand Prix at the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris in 1925.
The variety of Russian modernism
“Alekseyevskoe podvorie” Gallery
“Age around 1900s” - the period of Russian Art Nouveau was characterized by the originality and daring in using a variety of materials and unexpected interpretation. Experiments with glass, search for expressive forms, lines and colors in ceramics, the widespread introduction of wrought copper, and majolica glazes to create furniture, furnishings, fireplaces, utensils and ornaments - all that brought beauty to life, gave a special character to Russian Art Nouveau.
Art Deco decorative and applied arts items (1920-1940)
Unique in Russia collection of authentic artifacts by famous sculptors and artists – ceramists of Western European Art Deco era.
Art Glass of Nancy School (France), late 19th - early 20th centuries.
Design studio “Inarteks”
The exhibition presents a unique collection of medallions made by the glass master Gabriel Henri Rousseau (1885-1953). Being the subject of jewelry, each of the exhibited items has the museum and a collection value. At the booth you can also see the works of French masters E. Galle, Br. Dom, Legras, Br. Schneider and other glass companies.
Karl Bulla – photographer of Military and Naval departments of Imperial Russia
The exposition presents the photographs, taken by the famous imperial court photo-chronicler Karl Bulla; the photographic material reveals the full life of the grand military mechanism, brilliance and greatness of the Russian Guard. The collection covers the period from 1900 to 1917, the first years of the twentieth century, and fully reflects the ambiance of military life and service of the Imperial Guard at the time. Guards Corps was an elite Russian forces, the strike force on the battlefield; it shared all the hardships of the military campaigns of the army that won the laurels and unfading glory in the hearts of its contemporaries and their descendants.
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