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The exhibition Steppe Stories. Continuation ... will be running in the Museum of Oriental Arts from June 30 to July 23, 2017.


The Christie's, Sotheby's, MacDougall's and Bonhams are selling the best Russian paintings as well as arts and crafts in London this week.


Blue Rose was a well-known and influential Symbolist art group named after the remarkable exhibition. Having made Neo-Primitivism its part and parcel, The Blue Rose came to be the forerunner of Russian Avant-garde art.


The World of Art (aka Mir Iskusstva) association founded in St. Petersburg in 1898 played a key role in the art of the Silver Age, especially Art Nouveau and Symbolism.


Symbolism in Russian painting is first of all associated with names of the Silver Age artists, namely Mikhail Vrubel, Victor Borisov-Musatov, Valentin Serov, Nikolay Roerich, Konstantin Somov and others.


Artists aspire to bridge the gap between mundane reality and the unseen realm of spirit. According to very many international critics, Russian Symbolism was the most successful in this noble mission.


Old Russian earthenware was not particularly beautiful but was very convenient and cheap. Potters made various simple vessels required in country life.


Potters of the Old Russian state made tableware of a variety of forms. At the bottom of their works Russian handicraftsmen put special brands in the form of triangles, crosses, squares, circles, etc.


Bast braiding is one of the oldest handicrafts in Russia. Since time immemorial peasants used bast for making bast shoes first of all. Bast shoes became a sort of a symbol.


The distinctive Vyatka craft of pine root braiding has been known since the late 19th century.


Birch bark is a beautiful and enduring material for wickerwork. Smooth, clean and lustrous birch bark is well extendable, hardly breakable, and waterproof.


Willow rod braiding appeared as a handicraft in Russia in the 19th century. Its origin was in many respects promoted by the European fashion for wickerwork and wicker furniture.


Straw application and decorating wattled products with straw have been a traditional craft in Russia for a long time.


The turning craft masterpiece was a 100-piece wooden egg (with its walls thinner than an eggshell) turned by the master Fyodor Romakhin. It was here where Vasily Zvyozdochkin with his companions created the first Russian nested doll (Matryoshka).


Wood turning was traditionally used in Russia for making tableware, vessels and spindles. With the advent of spinning wheels in the second half of the 19th century turners switched to making toys.


I. A. Veprev was the most well-known expert in the Shemogod birch bark craft. His works enjoyed wide popularity and gained fame to Shemogod birch bark.


Birch bark played an important role in the life of peasants in the North of Russia. It was widely used by people in Siberia and the Far East. One could not picture peasant life without birch bark.


Birch bark items present an original form of folk arts and crafts. Russian handicraftsmen made great use of birch bark properties.


The art of wood painting has its peculiar features and characteristics typical for various regions of Russia. Our ancestors adorned their household items, such distaffs, boards, chests, and on other wooden utensils.


Lots of churches in Vyatka (Kirov) have preserved iconostases, which are monuments of applied art. They owe high artistic value to the skill of local woodcarvers. Canonic requirements, stylistic Moscow trends and local artistic preferences gave rise to the original works of art in Vyatka.


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