A video overview of perhaps the greatest collection of Russian art in the world. The museum’s founder was Pavel Tretyakov (1832-1898), who at the age of twenty-four, decided he wanted to start a public art museum. The museum was started with Pavel’s collection of 1,805 paintings and drawings by Russian artists.
November 25, 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of French artist Maurice Denis (1870-1943). Best known as a founding member of Les Nabis, Denis was also an important pioneer of modernism.
The concept of the artist as a prophetic figure became widespread during the period after the Napoleonic wars. It was believed that visual and/or verbal messages could be created to enact social and political change. The subsequent metamorphosis went from that of socio-political into a religious force, which was largely facilitated by the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol and artist Alexander Ivanov.