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Exposure of the exhibition “Contemporaries of coryphaeuses”

The exhibition Contemporaries of coryphaeuses (the landscape painting of the Russian school of the second half of the 19th century from the collection of the National Art museum of the Republic of Belarus) will be held within the project Our Collections from March 16 to June 8, 2015.

Our ideas about art history quite often limited by knowledge of great masters’ names only. It seems, it will be enough to specify such artists’ names as Aleksey Savrasov, Isaac Levitan, Ivan Shishkin, Ivan Ayvazovsky and the people will have an idea about the development of Russian landscape of the second half of the 19th century. However, together with coryphaeuses – the well-known artists – other landscape painters have been worked in this period. Actually, they have formed an artistic context of the epoch. Among them were both representatives of Academism (Lev Lagorio, Mikhail Klodt, Nikolay Atrygan’ev, Apollinaire Goravsky, Fedor Yasnovsky), and of democratic tendency (Konstantin Kryzhitsky, Vasily Perepletchikov, Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky, Ilya Ostroukhov). The heritage of many artists was dissimilar by compositional structure. Some works belong to salon painting and the others to Realism. And this is certainly one of the features of the Moscow and St. Petersburg artistic life of the second half of the 19th century.