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Royal Academy – The Russian Paintings

A day out yesterday, to the Royal Academy to see some of the paintings we’ve never seen before.
From Russia: French and Russian Master Paintings 1870–1925 from Moscow and St Petersburg

DanceThe exhibition presents modern masterpieces drawn from Russia’s principal collections: the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and the State Hermitage Museum and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.

The biggest surprise was the colour and vibrancy of Matisse’s The Dance; but there were many other paintings on show, by Braque, Picasso, Monet, Manet, Pissarro, Chagall, Kandinsky, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin and others, including a section devoted to Russian Cubo-Futurism.

The exhibition will remain at the Royal Academy of Arts until the 18th April.

8 Responses to “Royal Academy – The Russian Paintings”

  1. Dean says:

    Any sign of the ‘father’ of the movement’? Do we know why the Russians decided to buy this stuff? Was there any indication as to the idividuals(s) behind the decision to purchase?


    jb says: Yes, Dean, quite a large section of the exhibition is given over to two Moscow collections, those of Ivan Morozov and Sergei Shchukin . These two Moscow textile merchants were daring Russian collectors of their day. They searched Paris for paintings by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists and accumulated works by many of the artists working at that time. Shchukin became Matisse’s greatest patron, commissioning The Dance as part of a bold scheme to decorate the grand staircase of his Moscow mansion.

  2. creation says:

    Such collectors as Morozov, Shchukin not only decorate the staircase of their mansions, they helped most of painters, they gathered their grandious canvases, thereby they kept different masterpieces.

  3. painting services says:

    I love these paintings.

  4. Its great to have some russian art over it which is often overlooked. I’d also be interested to know which Van Gogh were on show.

  5. Art Smith says:

    I wonder which Picasso and Van Gogh paintings they where displaying. Might like to have taken the wife this shame I only just saw the post.

  6. Dan says:

    I saw the painting Dance (Matisse, the 1910 version) in the Hermitage Amsterdam in 2010. I Personally prefer Pierre-Auguste Renoir work such as “On the Terrace” than Henri Matisse.

  7. Matisse’s The Dance is one of the most ancient in art. This is an art that is important to the meaning of Dance. An art that is full of dancers.

  8. Ashley says:

    I agree with you. The Dance was so colorful and the dancers were seem to be in a trance or something while dancing.
    My all-time favorite painter was Van Gogh, although I heard he was a looney. But who wasn’t… As far as I know, all artists have a bit of craziness in them.