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Unformatted text preview: Benois conjures a precious "object d'art," in which the turquoise sky with myriads of stars, the mysterious glow of the lights of the pavilion, and the tiny doll-like figures make us feel that we are looking at a delicate toy, perhaps at an elaborate music box. After returning to St. Petersburg, Benois admitted that "no Versailles could compare with impressions made by Peterhof and Pavlovsk." As if he wanted to prove his point, he published highly acclaimed illustrations to Pushkin's Bronze Horseman and The Queen of Spades. Nevertheless, as before, the "heroes" of his illustrations are not the people but their surroundings, the landscape, the atmosphere and the spirit of the city....
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- Fall '10