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The Flowers & Still Lifes of Alexander Benois Stetto

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  • the State Duma of the Russian Federation
  • the Federation Council of the Russian Federation
  • OJSC Russian Grids
  • OJSC Lenenergo
  • Medico-Pharmaceutical Projects: 21st Century
  • "Fund of Elena Obraztsova" Charity Fund of Support for Musical Art
Still Life with Carnations and Oriental Headscarf. 1953. Oil on canvas 75 x 57
6 june 2014—22 june 2014

The name of Alexander Benois di Stetto (1896-1979), a member of the famous artistic dynasty of Benois - Serebryakov - Lanceray, was not widely known among the general public until quite recently. Eight years ago the Russian Museum initiated the Alexander Benois di Stetto: Return to Russia exhibition project, which contributed to the remembrance of this spectacular representative of Benois family and his impact to Russian and European art and culture at the turn of the 20th century. The Flowers and Still Lifes of Alexander Benois di Stetto exhibition at the State Russian Museum is the conclusive part of the project, which included 49 exhibitions in the different cities of Russia. This year the jubilee exhibition will become part of the 7th Traditional festival of Imperial Gardens of Russia and will be one of the main projects of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014.

In his artistic works Alexander Benois di Stetto endeavors to seize the subtle impressions of nature with the means of a still life. The sweet freshness of daffodils and tulips, the intoxicating beauty of roses, the fragility of lilies-of-the-valley, the magnificent charm of peonies, the exotic delicacy of Asiatic lilies and hyacinths - this whole world of joy and light sparkles with deep colours and chiaroscuro effects in the still lifes of Alexander Benois di Stetto.

Daffodils in a Pot and Sculptured Head. 1950s (?). Oil on canvas.60.5 x 49.5 White Peonies. 1946. Oil on canvas. 54 x 46 Sunflowers. 1949. Oil on canvas. 91 x 65 Wild Flowers. 1949. Oil on canvas. 71.5 x 69 Roses on Green Tablecloth. 1945. Oil on canvas. 71 x 57

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