Russian Legends, Folk Tales and Fairy Tales

“Three Bogatyrs– Victor Vasnetsov 1898

The Groinger Museum in the Netherlands is putting on a show of illustrations and fine art inspired by Russian folklore. In the mid 19th century, Russian artists began reconnecting with their cultural heritage in response to increasing westernization. Composers turned to folk music for inspiration and guidance. Painters looked to folk tales and legends for subjects. At this time when secularization and industrialization threatened to separate Russia from its past, the arts experienced a true renaissance.

Unfortunately, the museum’s website does not provide a catalog. To get a sense of the kind of work which will be present, you might take a look at online galleries of Victor Vasnetsov and Mikhail Vrubel, painters known for this kind of work. Both artists are featured in the show. Above and below are their different takes on the subject of the ‘Bogatyr.’ (Click on the images to see them full size.) The show will run through April 6.

Link to official website.

“The Bogatyr” – Mikhail Vrubel 1898


Author: Barry O'Keefe

Artist/printmaker from Richmond, Va

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