Russian Folk Painting

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Russian artist Sasha Vinogradova found a very smart and catchy way of demonstrating Russian Folk Painting with Skulls.

Gorodets Style: This style of Painting started with carved Gorodets distaffs, that were manufactured in villages nearby Gorodets town in Nizhniy Novgorod Region. Gorodets Artists traditionally Paint Images of Birds and Animals like, Roosters, Horses, Lions, Leopards… Flowers and a variety of Patterns.

 

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Russian Beauty by Makovsky

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Take a look at those incredibly beautiful classic portraits of russian girls by Konstantin Makovsky, who painted his canvases in the 19th century. At the same time was released this photo album of russian beauty. Discussing those photos men agree that girls back then were ugly and fat, comparing to modern standards. What do you think? Maybe it’s embellishment that is available to the artist and impossible when shooting black-and-white through unbiased eye of the camera? Or is it ...

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Russian New Year Holiday Traditions

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Noviy God (Новый Год, New Year) is the most important holiday in Russia. Basically it has some Christmas traditions: decorating a tree, exchanging presents, expecting for Santa etc.  Orthodox Christmas as a religious holiday is celebrated in Russia on January 7th (because of calendar change). Because of soviet heritage and multi-ethnic population, Russia remains mostly a secular state, where religion plays a smaller role (though some people celebrate christmas they do not attend church).

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Nicholas II Last Emperor

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Words of Nicholas II, last Tsar of the Russian Empire, shortly before his death: “Let me live here with my family as the simplest peasant, who earns his bread. Send us into the most secluded corner of our country, but leave us in Russia.”

 

Nicholas II, Russian Emperor and his Brother Wilhelm II, German Emperor
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