RUSSIAN WINTER IN RUSSIAN ART part 2

As a tribute to Moscow’s coldest day of the season — this far, -25C by day, -30C by night — here’s the next installment of the Russians’ artistic tributes to glorious Winter.

Blessing of the Water on Baptism Day, by Boris Kustodiev.

Blessing of the Water on Baptism, by Boris Kustodiev. Baptism Frosts in Russia are legendary, so naturally this is when Russians jump into ice holes made in rivers, lakes and ponds for this High Holiday — by the thousands.

Winter, by Ivan Shishkin. One of my favorite winter paintings of all time, because of how true it is to real Russian forest.

Winter, by Ivan Shishkin. One of my favorite winter paintings of all time, because of how true it is to real Russian forest.

Troika, Suzdal by, Veniamin Sibirsky. Troika is a Russian carriage or sled pulled by three horses. Suzdal is an old Russian town.

Troika, Suzdal, by Veniamin Sibirsky. Troika is a Russian carriage or sled pulled by three horses. Suzdal is an ancient Russian town.

A Winter Dream by Appolinary Vasnetsov.

A Winter Dream, by Appolinary Vasnetsov.

Winter by Isaak Brodsky. Cold and snow do not stand in the way of the Russians' daily life.

Winter, by Isaak Brodsky. Cold and snow do not stand in the way of the Russians’ daily life.

Fairytale Frost with the Rising Sun, by Igor Grabar. Just like this morning.

Fairytale Frost with the Rising Sun, by Igor Grabar. Just like this morning.

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36 thoughts on “RUSSIAN WINTER IN RUSSIAN ART part 2

  1. I like ‘A Winter Dream’ but I wouldn’t want to live there 😉 I feel like a year is being taken off my life every time I step outside the door these days. FREEZING. Even the Latvians are cold 😉 The wind is howling around my apartment right now, but at least I’m inside with a nice glass of wine and not outside almost being swept into the street like I was earlier 😉

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    • Yay diversity! Usually Grabar gets ALL the love when I do these posts, it’s nice to see someone going for something different 🙂 Though I try not to play favorites with these line-ups, A Winter Dream is exactly what the season in Russia is supposed to be like.

  3. Amazing how realistic the second one is, It´s like a photograph! I looked up also some of his other works and they´re equally breathtaking, especially the one called In The Wild North. Highly reccomend to check it out, it´s eerie!

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