The Russian soul on display in the Tretyakov Gallery

The Russian soul on display in the Tretyakov Gallery

The 130,000 Russian art works in the Tretyakov Gallery draw from eight centuries of art history, ranging from 11th century icons to 19th century Slavophilia painting.

After seeing the resplendent iconostases in the cathedrals, visitors tend to quickly pass the masterpieces of the Middle Ages protected by bulletproof glass in the Tretyakov. Instead, they head straight to the 19th century displays, where hang the fruit of the close links between painters and, on the one hand, the writers of the Golden Age of Russian literature, and, on the other, the musicians of the famous Group of Five.

Detached from Western influences, the works of the Slavophilia movement, a romantic and realistic Russian nationalist school, feed heavily on Gogol, Chekhov, Turgenev, and Dostoevsky, while the landscape painters took inspiration from Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, and Borodin. Pavel Tretyakov, the most important realist art collector in Russia, donated his collection to the city in 1892.

From their strong narrative and symbolic dimensions emanates the very soul of the Russian land that we struggle to find elsewhere in the city. Facing the canvas, one reads Tolstoy, thanks to painters such as Ivan Shishkin (realist), Isaak Levitan (lyricist), Ilya Repin and Ivan Aivazovsky (romanticist), and Arkhip Kuindzhi (symbolist)…

Tretyakov Gallery
Lavrushinsky Ln, 10
Moscow 119017

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