Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A New Collection of Soviet Impressionism

Many of the pieces we added to our New Arrivals Boutique in April are part of a recent acquisition of 20th Century Soviet Impressionist paintings. This realistic style was the prevailing aesthetic from roughly 1930 to 1980. During this time, the theme of landscape was considered "unnecessary and frivolous" by the Communist Party, and was discouraged because it did not actively promote the objectives of the Party. In addition, much of the cultural life in the Communist Soviet Union was denied Western exposure. As a result, landscape-oriented work was less frequently produced and, until recently, little of it has been shown outside of Eastern Europe. We took a great deal of care and pride in the framing process for these intimate oils; often using historic frames and creating custom linen mats to showcase these rare gems. You can see each piece and their details here.

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