march 06 july 15
Vasily Vereshchagin. The Apotheosis of War. 1871. Fragment
Tretyakov Gallery
Vasily Vereshchagin. Taj Mahal in Agra. 1874‒1876
Tretyakov Gallery
Vasily Vereshchagin. The doors of Timur (Tamerlan). 1872
Tretyakov Gallery
Vasily Vereshchagin. Fakir. 1874‒1876
Tretyakov Gallery

Vasily Vereschagin (1842–1904) was an outstanding Russian painter, historian, ethnographer, writer, philosopher, traveler, and military officer. The Gallery will open a comprehensive retrospect of the master’s best painted and graphic works.

The purpose of the exhibition is to reveal the artist’s unique personality to the public, to present him as a painter, military man and pacifist, a passionate researcher of new geographic landscapes, countries and people, a visionary who managed to transform battle painting as a genre in a radical way. The exhibition raises one of important theoretical issues relevant today — it reflects on the boundaries of realism, taking Vereschagin’s oeuvre as an example.

The works will be showcased by series dedicated to the artist’s military expeditions and travels: the Turkestan, Balkan, Indian series, “Russian North,” the Japanese series. Following that arrangement method, the curators of the exhibition take into account the painter’s desire to preserve the integrity of each series and their indivisibility when they are contributed to exhibitions. The “Trilogy of Executions” cycle and the “Palestine series” will be featured as special sections of the exhibition. The display will largely consist of pieces from the Tretyakov Gallery collection — about 100 paintings and 130 graphic works. There also will be contributions from the State Russian Museum and from museum collections based in Novgorod, Vologda, Yaroslavl, Kazan, Ivanovo, Serpukhov, Cherepovets and Perm.

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