Nicholas Roerich – Mount of Five Treasures (Two Worlds), 1933

He lived an extraordinary life. Not only a Russian painter, but a man of all humanities, he was a lawyer, an explorer, an archeologist, a poet, a historian, a philosopher, a scientist, an activist concerned with the preservation of culture. He was all that and much more. He was Nicholas Roerich. Deeply concerned with spirituality,…

Orest Kiprensky – Self-portrait with Brushes Behind the Ear (1808)

A worthy representative of the art movement Romanticism, Orest Kiprensky (1782 – 1836) was a Russian portraitist, most famous for his 1827 painting of Alexander Pushkin. As a testament to Kiprensky’s skill, upon its completion, Pushkin, the great Russian poet, is alleged to have said “the mirror flatters me”. Kiprensky completed several self-portraits during his…

Kuzma Petrov – Vodkin – Earthquake in the Crimea (1927 – 1928)

He studied art in Russia’s St. Petersburg and Moscow, but also in Munich and Paris, and traveled extensively through Europe, Northern Africa and the Soviet Republic. His paintings were inspired by Russia’s folklore, 19th century painters and religious icons, but also by European artists like Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse and Giovanni Bellini. He was Kuzma Petrov…

Zinaida Serebriakova – House of Cards (1919)

Born into a family of artists and intellectuals, Zinaida Serebriakova (1884 – 1967) was a Ukrainian painter that was bound to follow into her relatives’ footsteps. Her own uncle, Alexandre Benois, was a well-established painter that founded the art group Mir Isskustva. Serebriakova lived a happy, content life, gaining recognition throughout the Russian Empire for her…