«There exist many painterly manners. However, it is not the manner that matters, but the ability to see beauty» (Alexei Savrasov, the painter)



All exhibitions:

ROMANTICISTS IN REALISTIC ART at the Central House of Artists (Moscow)
22.12.2007 — 6.01.2008

22 December 2007 to 6 January 2008, this unique exhibition project was held, with great success, at the Central House of Artists. The exhibit included over 150 best canvases of the members of the art association that unites fourteen well-known Russian painters – Nikita Fedosov,Vyacheslav ZabelinVladimir ShcherbakovVladimir Telin,Mikhail Abakumov, Sergei Gavrilyachenko, Yuri Grichenko,Nikolai ZaitsevIgor OrlovGennady PaskoValery PolotnovValery StrakhovAlexei Sukhovetsky and Alexander Tsyplakov.

The viewers had a rare chance to acquaint themselves with the work of the contemporary “romanticists” working in realistic manner. This artistic movement is known to have been started in Moscow by Alexei Savrasov’s pupils associated with Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. The movement became full-fledged in the paintings of the Union of Russian Artists and, in the twentieth century, it saw its heyday in the work of Moscow’s school of painting.   
The paintings displayed at the exhibition definitely have a romantic intonation: they are truly emotional expressing some poetic disposition, somewhat musical quality, joy of life and lofty patriotic sentiments. Realistic in painterly manner and romantic in meaning, the paintings in question celebrate the beauty of this world and are absolutely devoid of any “practical considerations”: social reasons, criticism or moralizing. So it is not strange that, because of the purity of its principles, the Soviet history of art ignored Romantic Realism ideologically.  The early twentieth century buried the ideas of Critical Realism as well as the ideas of Socialist Realism died under the debris of another outlived ideology at the end of the twentieth century. Only Romantic Realism remains alive at the beginning of the twenty-first century, manifesting the victory of the unique Russian realistic tradition in art, which is so much appreciated all over the world.

The opening of the exhibition was marked by publishing Romanticists in Realistic Art, a special edition that explains, in its introductory articles, the meaning of the term Romantic Realism as denoting a trend in Russian realistic tradition, as well as argues about a ground for a new critical approach in appraisal of contemporary Russian realistic art.

The Romanticists in Realistic Art project is to have a further development in a series of solo exhibits of the painters associated with the movement, which will be mounted in the venue of the Art Prima Gallery.