From the editor

Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky

# 31 2010

Konstantin Yegorovich Makovsky was an influential Russian painter, affiliated with the "Peredvizhniki (Wanderers)". Many of his historical paintings, such as The Russian Bride's Attire (1889), showed an idealized view of Russian life of prior centuries. He is often considered a representative of a Salon art.
Konstantin was born in Moscow as the older son of a Russian art figure and amateur painter, Yegor Ivanovich Makovsky. Yegor Makovsky was the founder of Natural class , the art school that later became as the famous Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Among

the friends of the family were Karl Briullov and Vasily Tropinin. All children of Yegor became notable painters (see Makovsky). Later Konstantin wrote For what I became I think I should thank not the Academy or Professors but only my father.

Victoria PESHKOV

"Untranslatable" Chagall

#32 2010

Is it really necessary to know what was the artist like in his real life? Would his works not tell it better than he would? Or, rather, more sincerely. After all, any text, whether it is an autobiography, a memoir, or a speech delivered on one or another landmark occasion, represents in fact - even if unconsciously -

an attempt to demonstrate his best face to the world. It is the rough side that preferably stays in the shadows – not necessarily for some terrible truth hidden in their past. It may simply not conform to the norms established by society as fit for each of its worthy members. Few dare to violate this unwritten rule. Marc Chagall was just one of those who did.


Vladimir Morgan

Vladimir Vysotsky: “Let there be great changes ahead…”

# 34 2011

During the sweltering summer of 1972, in what was then Leningrad, on the Chugunnaya Street, in the box of
an office space, called the deliberation room, by the front door – at the end of which, and where at that time
stayed the poet G. Pozhenyan with two other guys unknown to me, I, for the first time, met, face to face, with
the greatest man of all men who lived with me in this world - Vladimir Vysotsky.

From the editor

Sotheby’s. Russian art

# 35 2011

Sotheby’s New York auction of Russian Art on 12 April 2011 demonstrated the continued strength of this market and demand for high-quality Russian paintings and works of art. Competitive bidding from a truly global audience drove the sale to achieve $16,089,390 in total, exceeding the auction’s overall high estimate and marking the highest result for a Russian sale in New York since 2008. Sonya Bekkerman, Head of Sotheby’s Russian Paintings department in New York, remarked, “We remain very pleased with the results of the April auction, which once again saw exceptional works perform very well.”

Olga Lebedeva

The mystery of Boldino Fall

# 37 2011

Autumn is a blessed, beautiful, and poetic time of saying goodbye to summer, the time of the “quiet wilting of the nature,” as put by a
Great Russian writer. Everyone who is a fan of the greatest Russian poet Alexander Pushkin is familiar with the term “Boldino Fall” - which has also become the subject and the title of the 1999 award-winning short movie directed by Alexandr Rogozhkin. This golden and inspiring season was the poet’s favourite time; it was a mystery of the miraculous flourishing, a climactic period

in Pushkin’s life and work. Boldino Fall is considered the golden age in the history of Russian poetry.

Zoya Boruchova

From Russia with love:
«Russian seasons» in North America

# 37 2011

The pulse of the cultural life in North America quickens with the arrival of Indian summer. This is the time when the theatrical and concert season starts. At the same time, the attendance in museums and art galleries significantly increases.
2011/2012 season has been witnessing enhanced attention to Russian arts and culture in Canada and the U.S. This phenomenon could be, at least in part, due to the approaching of two important dates in the history of Russia to be celebrated in the 21st century.

Yelena Terkel

Leon Bakst:“Dress up like a flower!”

# 37 2011

Leon Bakst hoped that his art would bring more harmony and joy into life. Wishing to make mankind happy and day-dreaming about antiquity and the Orient, what did he really have to offer? Something of a dandy and naive like a child, the artist often made his friends smile. Yet he would succeed in making life shinier and brighter, in bringing beauty closer to everyday life. Bakst was the first Russian artist to win worldwide recognition as a designer.

Zoya Shergina

Pavel Tretyakov: The collector’s library

# 1(38) 2012

In agreement with Pavel Tretyakov’s will, after his death in 1898, some of the books from his personal library became the property of the gallery, which had earlier been donated to the city of Moscow. There are several surviving documents that refer to this transfer. The most important is a 19-sheet “Inventory of Pavel Tretyakov’s Library”, rounded off with a hand-written note confirming that “the books and art publications listed herein were delivered by Pavel Tretyakov’s heir and included into the library of the Gallery of brothers Pavel and Sergei Tretyakov on November 1 1899”, signed by Ilya Ostroukhov and Yegor

Khruslov.

From the editor

"Russian facets” of Pablo Picasso

# 1(38) 2012


He has been called many a passionate name. Whether loved or reviled, one thing Picasso can never be accused
of is for failing to evoke passionate responses in his audiences. There has been no other artist in the history
of mankind whose work has been quite as controversial or has affected more people than Pablo Picasso; and
without even a close second, he is indisputably the most famous artist of the twentieth century.

From the editor

“Russian Leon Bonnat”

#1(38) 2012

Alexei Alexeievich Harlamoff (October 18, 1840 Dyachevka village, Petrovsky uezd, Saratov province, Russian Empire – April 10, 1925 Paris, France) was a
Russian painter and a distinguished portraitist.

Early Years
Alexei Harlamoff was born into a serf family, the seventh child. Its owners decided to sell his parents to a certain lady from Saratov leaving their children behind. Young Alyosha was lucky: as he was just an infant at that time he couldn’t be separated from his mother and was sold

away with his parents. His parents, Alyosha and his two younger siblings were freed in 1850 and the family moved to Saint Petersburg.

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