Revival of Russian Classic Arts

—Exhibition of Russian Modern Oil Paintings

Revival of Russian Classic Arts—Exhibition of Russian Modern Oil Paintings was inaugurated on September 7th, 2013 at Beijing 1+1 Art Centre.

The development of Russian painting has gone through several stages. The first stage was the ancient Russia period, which was from the formation of Principality of Kiev to the Reform of Peter the Great. This was the beginning of the Russian feudal society when the Byzantine Culture was transplanted and the ancient Russian national art was formed. During this period, Russian culture was deeply influenced by Byzantine culture. The second stage was the whole 18th Century, from Peter the Great to Ekaterina II. It was the period of Russia’s reform and the “Europeanization”. Russian culture, under the influences of classical arts from Italy and France, developed rapidly. Russian art began to be incorporated into the European literature and art development process, and classicism, which was popular in Europe, was imitated in Russia. The third stage was the first half of the 19th Century, while the Russian national art laid a solid foundation. Established in the middle of the 18th Century, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, gradually cultivated a group of the national artists in more than half a century. Absorbing the nutrition of national culture, these artists with Russian characteristics began to emerge on the world stage. The fourth stage was from after the middle of the 19th Century to the beginning of the 20th Century, namely from the critical realism to the appearance new school of formalism and aesthetic factors, in which, the critical realism was the most brilliant. Paying close attention to the reality and the communication with Western Europe, Russian critical realism had a significant position in the world art history due to its to the theme, genre, style and technique of diversity and originality. The critical realism of Russia was formed in the 30s to the 40s in 19th Century, became prosperous in the 50s to the 60s, and reached its heyday in the 70s and 80.

The future of Russian art is optimistic. Russian art is the fruit of Russian people’s wisdom, and occupies an important position in the art history of the world. It is closely bonded with people’s life, and has a distinct spirit of realism. It emanates a special luster that cannot be replaced by any other art. The charm of it will move forward with the times, and continue to be recognized and appreciated for the artistic inspiration it brings.