The Museum of Russian Impressionism in Moscow is relative. Like the term “Russian impressionism” is also relative. It took me awhile to make myself visit the museum since it was opened in May 2016.

As I said, the term “Russian impressionism” is very relative. Some even say that it’s the museum of something which doesn’t exist. Russian painters took the form and the purity of colors from the French impressionists but Russian painters were not able (or didn’t want) to adopt the idea of impressionism which is the bright emotionality.

Perhaps, it was because of the “Russian soul” and its mystery. Or perhaps, it’s because the Russian emotionality is much darker than the one of the French.

Only a few of “Russian Impressionists” (for example, Konstantin Korovin) were able to convey the purity of emotions in the way the French did. But this is just my opinion.

In this “relative” space of the Museum of Russian Impressionism I could find and enjoy works of great Russian painters.

When I left the museum I had one question with any answer. It’s about the wonderful paintings of a Russian painter Valentin Serov. And the question is – why don’t they respect his work by placing it in a horrible-horrible church-icon-like frame? 🙁 Don’t they see that this frame is just killing the beauty of this simple and good “Window”?

THE WINDOW, 1887 – VALENTIN SEROV
WINTER SUN. MID-18TH CENTURY – ALEXEY ISUPOV
AUTUMN FOREST. 1911 – STANISLAV ZHUKOVSKY
WINTER LANDSCAPE. 1940–50S – IGOR GRABAR
AUTUMN MORNING AT THE CAMPFIRE. RELAXATION. 1959 – DMITRY NALBANDYAN
PEASANTS IN THE WOODS. 1949 – PAVEL SHMAROV
SUNNY DAY IN A MEDITERRANEAN CITY. 1928 – GEORGY LAPSHIN
ALLEY IN THE GARDEN. 1907 – VLADIMIR BARANOV-ROSSINE
VARIOUS FLOWERS (STILL-LIFE WITH FLOWERS AND A WATERING CAN), 1939 – PYOTR KONCHALOVSKY
SUMMER DAY. 1950 – ALEXANDER GERASIMOV
MORNING IN THE FOREST. 1958 – VLADISLAV POTEKHIN
SPRING. 1972 – VYACHESLAV FYODOROV
FOG, 1970-S – VYACHESLAV FYODOROV
SUMMER. 1911 – NIKOLAI BOGDANOV-BELSKY
HYACINTHS IN THE EVENING. 1912 – MIKHAIL SHEMYAKIN
STILL LIFE WITH LILAC. 1910 – MIKHAIL SHEMYAKIN

And of course me and the selfie with a painting of Ernst Neizvestny (a Russian-American painter).

Дмитрий Росс. Музей русского импрессионизма

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