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PASTEL IN THE RUSSIAN ART OF THE XVIII - XX CENTURIES

J. Ort. The portrait of Empress Elizaveta Alekseevna. 1800. Cardboard, pastel. 54x45
17 december 2009—9 march 2010
The exhibitions of the works that were created in the technique of pastel (one of the most fragile and delicate from graphical and painting techniques) is the first in the history of the Russian Museum. The exposition illustrates its development from XVIII to XX centuries. It includes the works of art of the known Russian painters and foreign painters, who worked in Russia.
The exhibition is interesting from the artistic and iconographic point of view. Along with the established portraits of the Emperor Family representatives (Catherine II, Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich, Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich) there are presented rare iconographic portraits of the Emperor Alexander I, his wife Empress Elisaveta Alexeevna, portraits of the notable figures of the Russian culture, representatives of the intelligentsia, ethnic types (J. Kassel, A. Orlovsky).
The exhibition required extensive technical and restoration preparation. The major scientific work was made to identify the persons on the portraits, to specify the authors, to make the dating of the artworks.
The exhibition is organized with the support of the "British American Tobacco Russia". It is supplemented with a catalogue in English and in Russian.

Unknown artist. The portrait of Unknown Woman with the Black Shawl. Beginning of the 1800’s. Grease-proof paper, pastel. 36x28 A. O. Orlovskiy. The Bashkir. 1808. Paper, pastel. 51,5x38,5 I. I. Levitan. Gloomy Day. 1895. Paper, pastel. 48x62 J. Cassel. The Young Bashkir. Grease-proof paper on board, pastel. 41 x 32 The Grand Duchess Maria Fedorovna. The Flowers. 1787. Paper on canvas, tempera. 60x47 Unknown artist. Portrait of Grand Duce Konstantin Pavlovich. 1806–1813. Pastel on paper Unknown artist. Portrait of Empress Ekaterina II. 1760’s. Paper on canvas, pastel. 73x55 Unknown artist. Portrait of Alexander I. 1813-1814. Grease-proof paper, pastel. 84,2x62 B. M. Kustodiev. Dancer in Cabaret. 1904. Canvas, pastel. 88,5x71,5

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Alexei and Andreas Jawlensky. Color Adventures

Alexei and Andreas Jawlensky. Color Adventures

22 february—10 april 2018

Alexej von Jawlensky (1864-1941) was a contemporary, associate and friend of Wassily Kandinsky, Gabriele Munter, Paul Klee and many other famous artists, and yet a talented and original painter himself. The work of his son Andreas is less widely known, but nevertheless notable. The exhibition includes more than 20 paintings, documentary and archive materials.

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Catherine the Great in Russia and Beyond

Catherine the Great in Russia and Beyond

15 february—28 may 2018

The exhibition including over 500 objects offers a perspective on how Russian internal and geopolitical transformations, in which Empress Catherine II played a major part, were reflected in fine and applied arts of the late 18th century.

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