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Russian Drawings

Russian drawings are a unique treat to aficionados of Soviet history and lovers of art history, as they draw from both Russian and Western Europe artistic traditions. Early 19th-century Russian drawing drew heavily on the aesthetics inherent to the Romanticist traditions of France and Britain, but re-contextualized their meaning.

While French and British artists of the 19th century viewed Romanticism as a rebellion against the conventions of classical art, Russian painters and draftsmen recapitulated this artistic sensibility as a reversion to a bygone Arcadian era. Much of this sensibility was due to the influence of literary greats such as Lermontov and Pushkin.

Russia’s rich literary tradition along with the severe climate and requisite resilience of its inhabitants were formative... Read more

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