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The Russian Museum

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The Russian Museum

The 1898-founded museum is home to the world's largest collection of Russian fine arts. Starting with the fascinating icons by Andrei Rublev, Simon Ushakov and artists of the Novgorod and Pskov Schools of icon-painting, the permanent collection exhibited at the Mikhailovsky Palace traces the development of Russian art through the course of ten centuries. The most interesting examples of the 18th century Russian painting are Karl Brullov's Self Portrait and his large-scale Last Day of Pompeii, however it is the collection of the 19th century painting which is the highlight of the whole museum holdings. The genre pictures by Pavel Fedotov and Aleksey Venetsianov may not excite with their artistic merit; however, they are sure to provide a fascinating insight into the respective lifestyles of Russian peasants and bourgeoisie of the early 1800s. The trends of the Peredvizhniki national school of painting is best reflected in the scrupulously painted landscapes by Ivan Shishkin and the unprecedented realistic treatment of historical subjects by Nikolai Ge. The art of the greatest of all Russian realists Ilya Repin, whose striking Barge Haulers on the Volga and the portrait of Lev Tolstoy in a peasant's attire are truly impressive, is well represented at the Russian Museum. The late 1800s arrive with some elements of symbolism and mysticism, best demonstrated by the grim historical pictures by Viktor Vasnetsov, for instance, his Warrior on the Crossroads. One of the artistically most interesting Russian painters from the late 19th century is Arkhip Kuindzhi whose laconic and subtle landscapes emphasise the most unusual nuances of colour and light and surprise with their profound lyricism and internal metaphysics. The flourish of Russian painting and the trend of experimental radicalism in the early 1900s are impressively represented by the demonic Azrael by Mikhail Vrubel, a number of works by Natalia Goncharova and Wassily Kandinsky as well as the Suprematist innovations by Kazimir Malevich, Vladimir Tatlin and Alexander Rodchenko.
Apart from the display at the Mikhailovsky Palace, the collections of the Russian Museum are also on view at the Marble Palace, the old Mikhailovsky Palace and the Stroganov Palace.

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