Starting Jan. 26, the Royal Academy of Arts in London will be hosting a collection of French and Russian paintings from the mid 19th century to the 1920’s, all taken from Russian museums.
The show will be divided into four chronological sections, the first of which will focus on the Wanderers, the great realists of the Russia’s Golden Age, alongside their French contemporaries, the Barbizon school.
Britain is just the next stop for this show, which came to Germany in September. The British, however, had some difficulty securing the work for the show.
Until today, The Hermitage, one of the four Russian museums collaborating on ‘From Russia,’ refused to contribute to the show. Some of the work to be included had been seized after the Bolshevik revolution in 1917, and the museum was concerned the families that had owned the work originally might make attempts to reclaim it. The Hermitage asked the Royal Academy for assurance their work would be returned to Russia. According to BBC News, it has been given, and the Hermitage has agreed to participate.
The show will run through April 18.
Link to exhibition website.