Parisians and visitors to Paris saw this week, for the first time in sixty years, paintings by some of their most famous masters.
Parisians and visitors to Paris saw this week, for the first time in sixty years, paintings by some of their most famous masters. Twenty-five hundred French and Russian works went on show at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris on Monday (18 June). Paintings, sculptures, posters, documents and furniture represented avante-grade Soviet art from 1900 to 1930. During that period, Moscow was considered the capital for French art, and as a result, the collection contains many French canvasses never seen since their purchase by Russian collectors. Sergei Diaghilev of Ballet Russe fame in credited with introducing Russian art to the French, and French art to the Russians.
SYNOPSIS: It was the most important exhibition ever held at the Georges Pompidou centre.
Russian paintings, like this 1903 canvas by Constantine Youon, titled "Toward the Trinity", shows Impressionist touches.
After the Russian revolution in 1917, painting in what was called a bourgeoisie style was replaced by 'socialist realism'. "The Bolshevik" was painted in 1920.
Another painting of the twenties, "The Order of Attack", is by Piotr Choukhmine.
"Bleaching the Sheets" presents the peasant women in a traditional role. It was painted by Zanaide Serebriakova in 1910.
A contrast of themes, Alexandre Deineka's "Defence of Petrograd" 1928. It was about that time that artists who deviated from the communist code were criticised, and in 1932, Soviet realism became law.
Fernand Leger's "Composition", painted in 1918, was one of many French artists found in Russian collections.
The French paintings on view, such as this Picasso, and being seen for the first time outside the Russia.
All of the painters represented are now dead, with the exception of Marc Chagall, who still paints in the south of French. This typical Chagall, "Above the Village", was painted in 1917 and 1918.
A Modigliani portrait of Leopold Survage was painted in 1917. Art lovers consider that Paris-Moscow, as they call, it is not only an exhibition, but a story of love.