Natalya Tolstaya

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Natalya Tolstaya
Marianne Werefkin: The Woman and the Artist

Special issue. SWITZERLAND–RUSSIA: ON THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURES

The exhibition "Russian Artists Abroad. Marianne Werefkin (1860-1938)"'opening at the Tretyakov Gallery, is a part of the Ticino Year in Russia - the year dedicated to the Swiss canton of Ticino in Russia - and is timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the artist's birth. Regrettably, the general public in Russia knows little about Marianne Werefkin, although she is a fascinating personality in many respects. Some viewers will be more interested in her evolution as an artist - from her "Peredvizhniki"-style realism, through symbolism and other schools that nearly all artists of her age engaged with, towards a very distinctive, idiosyncratic expressionism. Others will probably take an interest in her life story, so unusual for a 19th-century woman, including many dramatic turns of fate, and resolute decisions taken in the course of it.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Natalya Tolstaya
Marianne Werefkin. The Woman and the Artist

№3 2010 (28)

The exhibition “Russian Artists Abroad. Marianne Werefkin (1860 –1938)”, opening at the Tretyakov Gallery, is a part of the Ticino Year in Russia – the year dedicated to the Swiss canton of Ticino in Russia - and is timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth. Regrettably, the general public in Russia knows little about Marianne Werefkin, although she is a fascinating personality in many respects. Some viewers will be more interested in her evolution as an artist – from her “Peredvizhniki”-style realism, through symbolism and other schools that nearly all artists of her age engaged with, towards a very distinctive, idiosyncratic expressionism. Others will probably take an interest in her life story, so unusual for a 19th-century woman, including its many dramatic turns of fate, and resolute decisions taken in the course of it.

RUSSIA’S GOLDEN MAP

N. Tolstaya
Irkutsk Regional Museum of Fine Arts

№4 2004 (05)

THE STORY OF THE IRKUTSK COLLECTION BEGAN WITH THE PICTURE GALLERY OF VLADIMIR PLATONOVICH SUKACHOV (1849–1920). HE WAS A TRUE SON OF HIS TIMES: A WEALTHY PHILANTHROPIST AND A PROMINENT FIGURE IN RUSSIAN SOCIETY. HIS MOTHER CAME FROM A FAMOUS FAMILY OF SIBERIAN MERCHANTS, THE TRAPEZNIKOVS, WHO HAD LONG BEEN INTERESTED IN PAINTING, ALREADY IN THE 18TH CENTURY STARTING TO ORDER PORTRAITS FOR THE FAMILY COLLECTION: IT INCLUDED WORKS BY THEIR PRIVATE PAINTER N.A.KLIMOV, THE DECEMBRIST N.A.BESTUZHEV, THE LOCAL ARTIST M.I.PESKOV AND OTHERS. VLADIMIR SUKACHOV’S UNCLE, A.K.TRAPEZNIKOV, STUDIED PAINTING WITH PAVEL TRETYAKOV’S CLOSE FRIEND, THE ARTIST A.G.GORAVSKY FROM ST. PETERSBURG.

RUSSIA’S GOLDEN MAP

A. VASKOVA, N. TOLSTAYA
TUMEN REGIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

№3 2004 (04)

TYUMEN REGIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS MAY BE COMPARATIVELY YOUNG – IT HAS YET TO MARK ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY – BUT OFFERS VISITORS A VERSATILE AND EXCITING COLLECTION ENCOMPASSING CLASSICAL RUSSIAN AND WESTERN EUROPEAN ART, AS WELL AS WORKS BY LOCAL PAINTERS OF THE 19TH–20TH CENTURIES; TOBOLSK BONE-CARVERS AND FAMOUS TYUMEN CARPETS; THREEDIMENSIONAL CARVING WITH VEGETATION ORNAMENTS WHICH WAS SO WIDELY USED IN WOODEN BUILDINGS IN TYUMEN; AND, FINALLY, THE ART OF THE PEOPLES OF THE OB RIVER REGION IN THE FAR NORTH. ONE OF ITS MOST INTERESTING PARTS IS THE SIBERIAN ICONS SECTION.

RUSSIA’ SGOLDENMAP

A. GUMENYUK, N. TOLSTAYA
OMSK REGIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ART THE ТM.A.VRUBELУ

№2 2004 (03)

ONE CAN SAY THAT THE M.A.VRUBEL OMSK REGIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS STARTED ON DECEMBER 21 1924 WHEN THE WESTERN SIBERIAN REGIONAL MUSEUM OPENED A PICTURE EXHIBITION IN ITS MAIN LOBBY TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. THE GALLERY SHOWCASED I.K.AIVAZOVSKY, I.I.LEVITAN, K.A.KOROVIN, V.D.POLENOV, I.I.SHISHKIN, V.E.BORISOV-MUSATOV, V.M.VASNETSOV AND A.N.BENOIS AS WELL AS OTHER WELL-KNOWN ARTISTS. BY THE TIME OF ITS INAUGURATION THE COLLECTION INCLUDED 100 PAINTINGS, THAT UNTIL TODAY CONTINUE TO BE ITS CORE AND MAIN PRIDE.

N. Tolstaya
STATE SARATOV MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS named after A.N.Radishchev

№1 2003 (01)

In 1877 Alexey Petrovich Bogolyubov, a famous landscape painter and picture-collector, addressed the Saratov City Duma to offer his collection to the city in order to found an art museum. It was not by chance that Bogolyubov chose Saratov, since his grandfather, Alexander Nikolayevich Radishchev, an acclaimed writer and publicist of the 18th century, was born in the Saratov province. The latter was famous for his book "Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow", in which the Empress Catherine the Second to her great dissatisfaction saw a revolutionary message.

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