The museum of Russian impressionism
Until today, Russian Impressionism has featured in state and private collections merely as one component of the artistic context of the era. For the first time in history, it now has its own home. The whole project started with exhibiting of twenty-five paintings from the collection of the arts patron and the Museum Founder Boris Mints:”I realized how many excellent Russian artists have not found the fame they deserve. Some have missed out on this due to the twists and turns of historical fate, while others never aimed for it in the first place. I wanted to have the story of these people told, as well as that of what they created”. The Museum’s collection feature many names that the viewer may encounter for the first time, alongside the likes of universally renowned Konstantin Korovin, Valentin Serov, Igor Grabar and Boris Kustodiev and Michail Shemyakin.
“It is impossible to study the impressionists and be sad, as impressionism is all sun, joy and movement — and it exactly makes one joyous and cheerful. This phenomenon in painting was a very protest against dark, dull and joyless canvases which existed before. From dark dusty studious, the painting is brought out into nature, into the light, as artists began to draw the real sun, direct from life — filling the picture from light and joy,” from a letter of Boris Kustodiev,
Regardless of the fact, that in the history of Russian art, one is unlikely to find an artist who remained true to impressionism their whole life, the vast majority of Russian artists at the turn of the twentieth century were, in one way or another, attracted to this style. Stanislav Zhukovskiy, with simplicity and realism characterizing his paintings, used the impressionistic manner of painting to impact liveliness and lyricism to his landscapes.
“What will future generations make of these dozens, these hundreds of paintings by Konchalovsky? Abram Efros asked in 1930. They are likely to make viewers think that regardless of all the hardships of that time, Konchalovsky had been surrounded by a gracious, peaceful and idle life.” Konchalovsky’s “Various Flowers” from the Museum’s collection could be just such a picture described by the critic.
Yury Pimenov lived a happy life as an artist, blessed both by fate and by public. He was the winner of the most prestigious awards in the Soviet Union. He is known as a painter, stage designer, illustrator, decorator, teacher, writer and art critic. Pimenov considered his work “realistic Impressionism”, an art that reflected the real life of the 20th century. The artist could see the lyrical in the ordinary. The painting Winter in Moscow is not a portrait of any girl in particular, but rather a genre scene, in which the artist combines his beloved Moscow and the period just before New Year, the anticipation of future happiness.
The main exposition of the museum is on the basement floor and there you will see all these beautiful paintings. For temporary exhibitions, several galleries have been allotted the second and third floor. Temporary exhibitions are held three to four times a year, showing the public closed public collections andd foreign exhibition projects.
Welcome to the Museum of Russian Impressionism!
Based on Collection Catalogue