RUSSIA IN RUSSIAN ART: VASILY POLENOV

Vasily Polenov was part of the landmark Peredvizhniki (The Wanderers or The Itinerants) school of realist Russian art. Many of his paintings — such as Golden Autumn or Moscow Courtyard — have become downright iconic.  When not painting Russian landscapes, Polenov created many pieces based on the New Testament. He traveled extensively to the Middle…

MOSCOW SHOPS: RUSSIAN CRAFTS AT IZMAYLOVO VERNISAZH

If you have been losing sleep over how to get your hands on all those amazing Russian crafts I wrote about last week, fret no more. Izmaylovo Vernisazh to the rescue! Vernisazh (derived from French “Vernissage” or a preview for an art show) is Moscow’s, if not Russia’s, biggest and best known market for all…

RUSSIAN AUTUMN IN RUSSIAN ART – October

October in the eastern heartland of Russia is the ultimate interplay of light and shadow. Even on the gloomiest, rainiest day Nature shining from within, lit up by the golden leaves, whether still on the branches or covering the streets and puddles like the lushest of carpets. And yet, even the warmest and brightest of…

FIVE WAYS TO DO ART IN MOSCOW

Clearly not satisfied with force-feeding you, dear readers, a monthly selection of Russian paintings, I have taken to sharing my art-loving ways on YELL.RU. So, if you are as much of an appreciator of pretty things as I am, and if you are ever in Moscow, read on to learn for ways to maximize and diversify your…

RUSSIAN SUMMER IN RUSSIAN ART – July

Don’t worry, the Crimean Saga will pick back up in August, but for now it’s time for our monthly art lesson. This year we got a full-on, classic July here in Middle Russia: all month long and for another week to come the temperatures have been breaking 30C (it’s toasty 34C today – nearly 100F),…