Scenes from Tsarist Russia

19th Century Russian Classics from the State Russian Museum Collection


6 Foreword
Suna, İnan & İpek Kıraç

8 Foreword
Evgenia Petrova

10 The Russian Realists – Breaking Out into a New Art 
Tayfun Belgin

26 Russian Painting Before and After 1861
Evgenia Petrova

41 Catalogue

172 Biographies

Scenes from Tsarist Russia: 19th Century Russian Classics from the State Russian Museum Collection, presented masterpieces from the rich collection of the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg which reflect every aspect of life including labour and poverty, the world of children, public festivals, war and death, scenes from bourgeois life, and revolution. 

In literature, music, and fine arts, the "Russian spirit" is depicted as a world of emotions in which love, sorrow, and death run rampant. Social problems were addressed in their entirety; analysis replaced condemnation. The exhibition catalogue, which included artists from Repin to Makovsky, Yaroshenko to Shishkin along with many others, presented not only Russia of the period with all its different aspects, but with its themes and characters the exhibition offered audiences a unique experience, one similar to reading the works of the great Russian writers such as Nikolai Gogol and Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Date of Publication: 2010