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Позавчера вечером Я ездила в русскии центр в Лондоне Pushkin House ....

English speakers: Did you know that LiveJournal has a massive Russian-speaking artistic community? I'm really hoping we'll get some good recommendations on comics and illustration from their part of the world. (I finished the post in handwriting because I'm rubbish at typing in Cyrillic.)

Мои любымие художники на ЖЖ/ my favourites so far on LiveJournal (otherwise known by its initials 'zhe-zhe' in Russian):
siniy_chelovek, hotshkin, rusolga, shendrik, ilyaz
(не только русские, но люди, которые говорят по-русски.)
Another favourite, who's Russian but now lives in the States/ Он русскии а живет в США: Vladimir Zimakov

You can find a good range of illustration from Russian speakers on this self-portrait website, selfportraits.ru.

Some of my favourite Russian artists from history:
Viktor Vasnetsov
Ivan Bilibin
Mikhail Vrubel
Lev Bakst
Mikhail Nesterov
Vasily Surikov
Valentin Serov
Aristarkh Lentulov
Vasily Kandinsky
Karl Brullov
Andrei Rublev
Arkhip Kuindzhi
Ilya Repin
Natalia Goncharova
Vladimir Tatlin
Olga Rozanova
Vladimir Lebedev
Varvara Stepanova
Alexander Rodchenko

Edit: Have a look at some of these artists people have recommended! Great stuff. :-)
aicedora_vulkan: Igor Kuprin's website
polinina: Elena Zarubina's website
olegti, zilyabr, zuza1, iv_solyaev, orlov_iv



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Oct. 16th, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
Cool! My favourite museums are:
the Russian State Museum in St Petersburg

the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow:

the Vasnetsov House Museum (metro: Rizhskaya)

Mayakovsky Museum (metro: Lyubyanka)

Abramtsevo artist colony (near Sergiyev Posad)

the Polenov House Museum (in Polenovo on the Oka river)

Have you discovered any of those fascinating small, tucked-away museums? There are some obscure ones I missed while I was in Moscow, like the Lamplighters Museum, and I always wonder about them. And once a Russian artist had me model my left ear for him to add to his studio collection of several hundred paintings of women's left ears, and I can't remember his name so I can't look him up to see if he's still painting ears.

Edited at 2008-10-16 08:28 am (UTC)
Oct. 16th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
My favourite small tucked away museum is the Pitt Rivers in Oxford. It's just crammed with all these cases containing all manner of tribal paraphernalia (collected, no doubt, by entirely honorable and honest means) -- shrunken heads, magic charms, poison darts, etc., all just jammed in together with little coherence of flow. And all the drawers under the cases have stuff in them too, and everything has a tiny little hand-inked label tied to it, explaining what the thing is and where it came from. Basically, it's the museum I picture Indiana Jones's finds ending up in.

Я учился русски язык в школе, но сеичас я все забыл

I lived in St. Petersburg for a couple of months, and went to the Russian State Museum, Hermitage, etc.

(I am in awe of your pink матриошки, by the way.)
Oct. 17th, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks, I keep meaning to visit the Pitt Rivers museum, but I haven't made it there yet! I resolve to do that on my next Oxford visit!

That's cool you studied Russian, too! :-D
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Oct. 17th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
Do let me know, I'd be so curious! I met him through a colleague at Shakespeare & Co bookshop. (Working there was the best job ever, but I had to give it up pretty quickly because I couldn't pay the rent on it.)


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