Frederick Andresen wrote a nice article on his introduction to Russian art in his weekly column for Ria Novosti, Musings of a Russophile . He describes the sort of revelation many of us fascinated with Russian art at some time experienced. Here is an excerpt:
“When I first arrived, I was totally astonished to find a world of art in Russia that, in my unlettered opinion, was the equal of anything seen in the museums of the Western world. It had all been kept a secret behind the Iron Curtain. I thought all Russian art was either religious icons, or Socialist Realism (and that being propagandistic). […]
Andresen goes on to provide an excellent summary of the different eras of Russian art history – from the beginnings of secular art in the 18th century, to 19th century realism, the 20th century Avant-garde, socialist realism and the present. It is an excellent primer for anyone just discovering Russian art. You can read the full article here.