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The exhibition at the Museum Barberini is dedicated to the hitherto hardly explored reception of French light painting in Russia and shows the internationality of the pictorial language around 1900 by means of more than 80 works - from Ilya Repin to Kazimir Malevich.

Ilja Repin Feldweg
Ilja Repin Feldweg © Ilja Repin Feldweg, Pressebild Museum Barberini

Since the 1860s, Paris as a leading European art metropolis attracted painters from the academies of Moscow and St. Petersburg. In their confrontation with Impressionist painting of modern life, they freed themselves from the rules of academic realism in Russia. The encounter with French painting inspired artists such as Ilya Repin, Konstantin Korovin, and Valentin Serov to create representations that, in addition to the impression of the present, showed moments of a sensual modern world turned toward life. Electric light, the displays of shop windows and the architecture of the modern boulevards offered them motifs that they approached with great painterly freedom. Painting in the open air, inspired by Impressionism, changed Russian art and popularized the theme of landscape. Repin, Vasily Polenov, and their students Korovin and Serov explored nature around Moscow and traveled to the far reaches of the north.

Painting en plein air and a sketchy style introduced the artists to motifs of a joie de vivre that broke away from the existential themes of Russian art. Artists also captured the light-heartedness of modern leisure in light-filled impressionist interiors at the dacha. The study of light in interiors and on still life subjects led to the enhancement of these genres, which were held in low esteem at the Moscow Academy. In portraits and family portraits, on the other hand, Russian artists combined immediacy with psychological interpretation to create their own variety of Impressionism. Questions of national identity played just as important a role as the relationship to the realist tradition within painting.

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