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Unformatted text preview: Rosa Newmarch wrote that Vasnetsov's work exhibits a "union" of iconographical values and modern technique; such an opinion is best upheld by examining his work in the Cathedral of St. Vladimir, which he completed at the end of the 19th century. His The Mother of God with the Infant Christ , for example, adapts the iconographic tradition to a more "realistic," lively approach. In addition, Vasnetsov was probably the first painter (as opposed to an artisan) to create theater backdrops; he began working in this capacity during the 1880s and 1890s. These efforts were also an expression of the Russian Revival, for out of his work and that of his followers sprang the idea of "realistic theatrical décor," which contributed much to the development of the Russian theater and ultimately was quite influential in Western Europe. Vasnetsov even dabbled in architecture; both a small church in Abramtsevo and the façade of the Tretyakov Gallery (in Moscow) were based on his drawings....
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- Fall '10
- Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov, Tretyakov Gallery, russian revival