Art collecting

Serpukhov ART AND HISTORY MUSEUM

Andrei Pilipenko

Article: 
RUSSIA’S GOLDEN MAP
Magazine issue: 
#1 2006 (10)

The collection of the Serpukhov Art and History Museum (SAHM) was shaped largely thanks to the efforts of the Maraev family of industrialists in the late 19th- early 20th century. It is traditionally assumed that it was started by Anna Maraeva; she was the first in the family to buy art and historical objects, and effectively became a founder of the Serpukhov museum. Nevertheless, she had no full level of proper education and could not be aware or formulate clearly the nature and aims of the collector's activity.

Serpukhov ART AND HISTORY MUSEUM

The collection of the Serpukhov Art and History Museum (SAHM) was shaped largely thanks to the efforts of the Maraev family of industrialists in the late 19th- early 20th century. It is traditionally assumed that it was started by Anna Maraeva; she was the first in the family to buy art and historical objects, and effectively became a founder of the Serpukhov museum. Nevertheless, she had no full level of proper education and could not be aware or formulate clearly the nature and aims of the collector's activity.

Pavel Tretyakov and the Paris World Fair of 1878

Yekaterina Selezneva

Article: 
150th ANNIVERSARY OF TRETYAKOV GALLERY
Magazine issue: 
#1 2006 (10)

It is believed that Pavel Trelyakov generously lent his paintings to exhibitions, including foreign ones, a belief started by Vasily Stasov, who wrote: "... when told about the new World fair he opened the doors of his wonderful gallery and let them take what they wanted." The reality was far more complex.

Pavel Tretyakov and the Paris World Fair of 1878

It is believed that Pavel Trelyakov generously lent his paintings to exhibitions, including foreign ones, a belief started by Vasily Stasov, who wrote: "... when told about the new World fair he opened the doors of his wonderful gallery and let them take what they wanted." The reality was far more complex.

Ilya Ostroukhov - Moscow artist and collector

Lidia lovleva

Article: 
ART COLLECTORS AND PATRONS
Magazine issue: 
#2 2006 (11)

Ilya Semenovich Ostroukhov was a leading collector in the Moscow art world of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His collection, which later became the Icons and Paintings Museum, located in Ostroukhov's home on Trubnikovsky Pereulok near the Arbat, was referred to in a 1914 city-guide as one of Moscow's foremost attractions[1], and was frequented by art lovers, which gave considerable trouble, as well as pleasure, to its owner. Ostroukhov was by that time a well-known landscape artist, first actively involved in the Peredvizhniki (Wanderers) movement, who later rebelled against and broke with that group, creating in 1903 together with fellow malcontents who had split from the movement the Union of Russian Artists, concentrated primarily on the Moscow tradition of painting.

Ilya Ostroukhov - Moscow artist and collector

Pavel Tretyakov and His Gallery

Galina Churak

Article: 
150th ANNIVERSARY OF TRETYAKOV GALLERY
Magazine issue: 
#2 2006 (11)

"He alone maintained the whole school of Russian painting. An unprecedented and grandiose deed!" In such words the Russian painter Ilya Repin expressed both his own attitude and that of his contemporaries towards the collecting activity of Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov. For more than 100 years the Gallery has proudly, and gratefully, born the name of its founder, who turned the institution into a prominent cultural monument to Russian art that has been appreciated by many generations.

Pavel Tretyakov and His Gallery

"He alone maintained the whole school of Russian painting. An unprecedented and grandiose deed!" In such words the Russian painter Ilya Repin expressed both his own attitude and that of his contemporaries towards the collecting activity of Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov. For more than 100 years the Gallery has proudly, and gratefully, born the name of its founder, who turned the institution into a prominent cultural monument to Russian art that has been appreciated by many generations.

Treasures of the Green Vault

Elena Mikhailova

Article: 
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
Magazine issue: 
#3 2006 (12)

The unique exhibition titled “The Treasury Cabinet of August the Strong. From the Green Vault Collection, Dresden” (running from May 18 to August 2) that has opened in the Kremlin is one of the most significant events in the cultural life of Moscow.

Treasures of the Green Vault

The unique exhibition titled “The Treasury Cabinet of August the Strong. From the Green Vault Collection, Dresden” (running from May 18 to August 2) that has opened in the Kremlin is one of the most significant events in the cultural life of Moscow.

Among Moscow Collectors. DRAWINGS FROM MOSCOW PRIVATE COLLECTIONS OFTHE LATE 19TH - EARLY 20TH CENTURY

Irina Shumanova, Yevgenia Ilukhina

Article: 
ART COLLECTORS AND PATRONS
Magazine issue: 
#3 2007 (16)

Over the last ten years the Tretyakov Gallery has been displaying drawings from its collections at temporary exhibitions. The exhibition programme has had a continuous focus on the history of the collection of 18th-20th century drawings. The gallery’s 20th exhibition in the series reflects a new stage in the history of its collection - namely, the significant enlargement of the collection in the first decade following the Bolshevik revolution due to new acquisitions from private Moscow collections.

Among Moscow Collectors. DRAWINGS FROM MOSCOW PRIVATE COLLECTIONS OFTHE LATE 19TH - EARLY 20TH CENTURY

"But of course it is creative work - this undying, unbelievable love, the unrelenting obsession, the frantic persistence and obstinacy in searching and pursuing, the ceaseless work in the domain of art and history and, first and foremost, work of the eye, not the outer eye, ... but the inner eye, an intuitive insight into the essence of a piece of art, the collector's perspicacity."

Igor Grabar

 

Sergei Tretyakov: "Aspired to Serve the Community..." On the 175th anniversary of Sergei Mikhailovich Tretyakov

Tatiana Yudenkova

Article: 
EXCLUSIVE PUBLICATIONS
Magazine issue: 
#1 2009 (22)

The name of Sergei Mikhailovich Tretyakov (1834-1892) is not well-known, even though his collection of Western European works of art was the origin of the collection of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. More often, his name is recalled only in connection with that of his elder brother Pavel. Yet, during the Tretyakov brothers’ lifetime, Sergei enjoyed more fame than his brother. At that time, Pavel - the owner of Moscow’s renowned art gallery - introduced himself to fellow citizens as “the Mayor’s brother”. When one brother was mentioned, another was also present on the scene, albeit invisible. Throughout their lives, Pavel and Sergei Tretyakov supported and advised each other. The brothers shared common interests and did much work for the benefit of their country. It is possible to say that they “walked along the path of life hand in hand” - so much was shared in common - yet each one of them left his own imprint on the history of Russian art and of their home town.

Sergei Tretyakov: “Aspired to Serve the Community...” On the 175th anniversary of Sergei Mikhailovich Tretyakov

A Window Onto Europe. The Collection of Sergei Mikhailovich Tretyakov

Irina Kuznetsova

Article: 
HERITAGE
Magazine issue: 
#2 2009 (23)

The publication of this article is a tribute to its author, Irina Alexandrovna Kuznetsova, who for more than 50 years curated French and English painting at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. The Pushkin Museum, where she took her first job at 17, became for her not just a workplace but a home requiring unremitting care. She was born in 1913, a year after the opening of the Museum, to the construction of which her father Alexander Kuznetsov, a founder of the Russian school of industrial design, contributed. She graduated with a degree in art history from the famous Moscow Institute of Philosophy, Literature and History (MIFLI) before World War II, and in November 1943 she defended a doctoral thesis on the history of English portraiture. Kuznetsova authored many books and articles, and put together and wrote essays for many albums and catalogues devoted to French and English art of the 17th-19th centuries. Her greatest academic achievement was a catalogue raisonne of French paintings of the 16th-19th centuries from the Pushkin Museum collection, prepared together with Yelena Sharnova and published in 2001. She placed especially great emphasis on the pictures’ origin and their histories as they made their way through European and Russian collections. Her research was summarized in several major articles - most remain in manuscripts only today - about the history of art collecting in Russia from Nikolai Yusupov to Sergei Tretyakov. We are very grateful to the “Tretyakov Gallery” magazine for this publication of Irina Kuznetsova*, who died in September 2002.

A Window Onto Europe. The Collection of Sergei Mikhailovich Tretyakov

The publication of this article is a tribute to its author, Irina Alexandrovna Kuznetsova, who for more than 50 years curated French and English painting at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. The Pushkin Museum, where she took her first job at 17, became for her not just a workplace but a home requiring unremitting care.

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