A Grand Epoch of Painting

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In a new essay, art collector and gallery director John Wurdeman makes the case for a re-evaluation of Socialist Realism in the Western record of art history. Wurdeman has had unprecedented access to the homes and studios of Russia’s most prominent Realist painters. For those involved in the contemporary art market, the values of Soviet-trained painters can seem profoundly foreign. In this piece, Wurdeman translates for a Western audience the perspective of an artistic community in which he is deeply enmeshed.

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Russian Masterworks Site

Lazare Gallery has created a new website to showcase the most significant pieces from their collection of 20th century Soviet Realism. The site features beautiful high resolution images of each of the 400 pieces. The collection includes work by many of the most significant artists of the period, including Yuri Kugach, Arkady Plastov, Alexander Gerasimov, Olga Svetlichnaya, Viktor Tsyplakov and Nikita Fedosov. The website is available in both English and Russian.

Click to visit Lazare Gallery’s Russian Masterworks site.