«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" in Vologda
15.07.2009 — 6.09.2009

From the 15th of July till the 6th of October the exhibition “ROMANTICISTS IN REALISTIC ART” took place in the Vologda Regional Picture Gallery, organized by the Department of Culture and Protection of Cultural Heritage of the Vologda region, the Russian Artists’ Union, Art Prima Gallery and the Vologda Regional Picture Gallery (Vologda Kremlin Square 3, Central Exhibition Hall).

A large-scale exhibition project of “ROMANTICISTS IN REALISTIC ART”, the creators of which are the Russian Artists’ Union and the Moscow private gallery Art Prima was realized in the Central Exhibition Hall of the Vologda Regional Picture Gallery.

This artistic movement is known to have been started in Moscow by Alexei Savrasov’s students 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. In the 1970's, when, due to various reasons this tradition was on the brink of dissolution, it turned towards the sensitivity of the Russian people, the eternally committed to the ideals of christianity and love of the fatherland painters Nikita Fedosov, Vyacheslav Zabelin, Vladimir Telin, Vladimir Scherbakov and others. Since 1974 the painters become participants in and creators of eleven major exhibitions, among which stand out the exhibition “Native Land”, “The Poetry of native land” during the 1980s, three exhibitions denominated as “The image of the country” – between the 1990s and the 2000s. 

As a result of this activity, the beginning of the 21st century revealed as an immutable result of half a century work in the depths of contemporary Russian art, a powerful new realist movement filled with romantic feeling of exaltation, admiration for the native land and the testament of national history. The concept of the “ROMANTICISTS IN REALISTIC ART” project is genetically related to the exhibition “The image of the native land” of Russian landscape painting held by Art Prima gallery with the participation of the Russian Artists’ Union and the Vologda Regional Picture Gallery in Moscow during the February of 2007.

Within one concept, encompassing the whole of the contemporary artist movement, two stylistic categories are connected: romanticism and realism, both derived from the founder of the Russian lyrical landscape, Alexei Savrasov, to whom is attributed the picturesque saying: “Only loving nature, learning from her, you can find yourself in her". There exist many painterly manners. However, it is not the manner that matters, but the ability to see beauty... Romancticism is needed. Motive. Romanticism  is immortal. Feeling is needed. The artist is a poet... Grand feelings. Art and landscapes are unnecessary where lies no emotion…if there is no soul then there will be nothing in the painting – only cold and mechanicality, a useless theory”. 

Cultivated for over many years, the group of like-minded artists sharing the views of Alexei Savrasov reveals to the experts and audience various interpretations to the image of nature. Here the concept of “romanticism” holds the meaning of an ecstatic attitude towards the world, an absence of the everyday.  While some of the masters are more akin to Romanticism, especially Igor Orlov, who presents a classic example of the romantic interpretation of nature in the form of fantastic transformations, then other artists: Nikita Fedosov, Valery Strakhov, Nikolai Zaitsev, Sergey Gavrilyachenko, Alexander Tsyplakov are closer to a more objective and therefore realistic view of the world and nature. Revealed equally as romantics and realists are Michail Abakumov, Vladimir Telin, Valery Polotnov, Vladimir Scherbakov

But whereas Vladimir Telin and Valery Polotnov create mysteriously discerning motives of Russian cities and towns by a specific light-tonal style, in the works of Vyacheslav. Zabelin and Gennady Pasko the decorative attitude towards color allows the artists to show joyful landscapes.  A. Suhovetsky shows in his work a monumental and graphic technique of expression. Alexei Sukhovetsky shows in his work a monumental and graphic technique of expression. All of this means an endless variety of options, a sincere, truthful vision and depiction of nature by modern artists, and therefore an inexhaustible realism as a great and fruitful tradition within Russian art.

Irina Balashova, Deputy Director of the Vologda Regional Picture Gallery

 


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