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Author's excursion "The Traits of Russian Impressionism"

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Konstantin Korovin and Boris Kustodiev, Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky, Valentin Serov, Igor Grabar and others

From paintings by the masters who laid the foundations of Impressionism to the works of world-famous contemporary artists. The very concept of "Russian Impressionism" still causes heated debate. Born at the end of the 19th century, Russian Impressionism had almost acquired its own voice before it began to be actively replaced by the avant-garde. After the revolution, it found itself outside of the system. But against all odds, many artists, both before and after the political upheaval in the country, continued to create in the impressionistic style, to experiment with light and colour on their canvases, sought to convey mood, emotion, and catch the finest air vibrations. Impressionism still inspires artists today.

The tour is led by the director of the museum, Yulia Petrova.

The museums’ permanent collection comes from its founder, Boris Mints. The collection consists of more than seventy works of art by prominent Russian artists such as Konstantin Korovin, Igor Grabar, Konstantin Yuon, Petr Konchalovsky, and Yuri Pimenov, as well as selected works by Boris Kustodiev and Valentin Serov.

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A museum dedicated to Russian art of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. By visiting the museum's permanent exhibition, you can study the history of this movement in art, trace the origin, development and the current state of impressionism in Russia. The futuristic cylindrical building once was the flour and sugar warehouse of the Bolshevik factory. Now it houses masterpieces by Valentin Serov, Konstantin Korovin, Boris Kustodiev and many others.

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