Between 1867 and 1914, a host of great writers, artists, actors, composers, and patrons helped develop an extraordinary and rich cultural scene in Russia, the story of which is the focus of a tantalizing exhibition in…
“Russia and the Arts” is an outstanding exhibition in London and a perhaps once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see masterpieces from the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. The gallery, founded by the young textile industrialist Pavel Tretyakov in 1856, is filled with over four decades of astute collecting by its founder. Today it remains the greatest collection of Russian art in the world.
On view through June 26 at the National Portrait Gallery in London, “Russia and the Arts” shows “how Russian art was developing a new self-confidence, with penetrating early Realism later complemented by the brighter hues of Russian Impressionism and the bold, faceted forms of Cubism,” the museum writes. The show features a number of works from Tretyakov’s collection, including some remarkable portraits. Among the portraits are visages of the writer Vladimir Dal, novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky, patron Ivan Morozov, and the poet Anna Akhmatova.
To learn more, visit the National Portrait Gallery.  
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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