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Images of the People: Russian Lacquer Painting

russian lacquer painted box (Detail) Nikolai Pavlovich Lopatin (Russian, b. 1947), Scenes from The Lay of Prince Igor’s Campaign, 1989, egg tempera and lacquer, 9 ½ x 10 x 7 1/4 in. Private Collection.
When: Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 until Sunday, Mar 29, 2020
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Cost: General Admission $12, Seniors $10, Free for Members and Children, Free with Identification for Students, Veterans, and Acti
Phone: (518) 792-1761

Images of the People: Russian Lacquer Painting

March 28 to June 14, 2020
Hoopes Gallery

After the Bolshevik Revolution, Russian icon painters were out of jobs. In villages outside Moscow, Soviet authorities set up collectives of painters who used their skills to decorate boxes with scenes of Russian folk tales and Soviet heroes. Exquisite miniaturist painting reached its peak as Communism started to crumble in the 1990s.

A resident of nearby Washington County traveled in the USSR in the 1990s and purchased more than thirty of these works from artists there.

Russian lacquer miniaturists are once again free to paint religious works. These boxes, therefore, represent a particular moment in history, when tradition provided the wellspring for artists in a world upended by revolution.

Museum Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Closed Mondays and most national holidays.


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