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Ostroumova-Lebedeva, Artist and Art Collector

Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva. Sergei Lebedev in his cabinet. 1912. Gouache and watercolor on paper. State Russian Museum
25 august 2016—7 november 2016

The exhibition forms part of the project dedicated to the private art collections that arrived to the Russian Museum in various periods and constitute its treasury.

In 1916 the museum acquired the first nine works by Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva, whose oeuvre reflects the revival and flourishing of etching in the early XX century Russian art. Later she gifted her works to the museum many times. In 1955 according to the artist’s testament all pieces of art from her collection were delivered to the Russian Museum. The utmost part of it was formed by drawings, paintings, watercolors and etchings by Ostroumova-Lebedeva herself  and prints by the contemporaries and followers of the artist – those who were inspired by her experiments in wood-engraving, one of the oldest etching techniques.

The exhibition includes works by G.Vereisky, V.Voinov, N.Kupreyanov, K.Somov and other masters of etching in pre-revolutionary as well as Soviet Russia. A special part of the exhibition is formed by a collection of Japanese prints of XVIII-XIX centuries (Katsushika Hokusai, Andō Hiroshige, Katsukawa Shunshō, Ryūsai Shigeharu and others). Acquaintance of Ostroumova-Lebedeva with the art of Japanese xylography to a great extent influenced the formation of her individual artistic manner.

Demonstration of Ostroumova-Lebedeva’s oevre alongside with her collection of art in one exposition for the first time provides unique opportunity to analyze the works of this prominent master of graphics in context of her contemporaries’ art and evaluate their impact in the development of Russian printmaking. 

Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva. View from Tuchkov Bridge in Petersburg. 1912. Oil on canvas. 86 x 129. State Russian Museum Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva. The Summer Garden. Early 1910’s. Oil on canvas mounted on cardboard. 32,5 х 41. State Russian Museum Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva. Venice. Pillars. 1911. Watercolor and black pencil on paper. 36,2 х 52,7. State Russian Museum Utaqawa Hiroshige II. Kameido Tenji. From the “Famous Views of Edo” series. 1862. Colored xylography, paper.  33,4 х 23. State Russian Museum Utaqawa Hiroshige I. Inasa Mountain in Nagasaki in Hizen Province. From the “Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces” series. 1856. Colored xylography, paper. 33,8 х 22,3. State Russian Museum Nikolai Kupreyanov. Armored Car. 1918. Xylography, paper.  16,5  х 19,9. State Russian Museum Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva. Rome. Colonnade of St Peter Cathedral. 1911. Watercolor, gouache,graphite and black pencil on cardboard. State Russian Museum Georgy Vereysky. Landscape. 1922. Xylography on paper. State Russian Museum Vladimir Uspensky. Koktebel.1930. Coloured linocut on paper. State Russian Museum Konstantin Somov. Portrait of Olga Ostroumova. 1901. Oil, canvas. State Russian Museum Katsushika Hokusai. Manga. Issue VII. 1817. Coloured xylography on paper. State Russian Museum

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The Russian Museum houses the biggest part of Rylov’s artistic heritage: paintings and sketches of various periods, graphic works, illustrations. This will allow to present all stages of his artistic development for the first time after his last personal exhibition in 1970.

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