The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Exhibition: The Peasant World With a Pen and a Brush. Leo Tolstoy and Arkady Plastov

Plastov_KholstomerMarch 25 - April 30, 2017
Yasnaya Polyana Gallery 

The exhibition will open on March 24 at 17:00.

The exhibition features Arkady Plastov‘s paintings from his family‘s private collection (Self-portrait with a Book, In Old Prislonikha, Taya Repina, Pyotr Chernyaev), from the collection of the Tula Regional Art Museum, and also reproduction of his works in the collections  of the State Tolstoy Museum and the State Tretyakov Gallery. Our guests will see the artist‘s photographs and personal items: his clothes, a palette, albums of sketches, studies, pencils, and photographs from the family archives. The artist’s grandson, Nikolai Plastov, will open the exhibition. 

Arkady Plastov personified the dream of 19th-century Russian literature of the artist who shares life with the people. In the 1920s, he became an artist and a ploughman, and decades later, having received various titles and awards, never lost his habit for physical labor. Speaking an artistic language understandable to common people –that which Leo Tolstoy longed to achieve his whole life – was the only possible way of life for Plastov. 

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When Arkady Plastov was young, Tolstoy was a truly iconic figure and a thinker who formed the nation’s public consciousness. Plastov read Tolstoy’s works his whole life and considered him to be a unique writer and a great teacher. “It is as if the lemon-yellow ABC Book by Tolstoy just an hour ago revealed to me the miracle of its sounding and speaking scrawls,” the artist remembered. Many of Arkady Plastov’s paintings were inspired by Tolstoy’s approach to depicting the people.  

In the early 1950s, Plastov created his first illustrations of Tolstoy‘s works. At the same time, the image of the writer himself appeared in the artist‘s easel paintings. Plastov created illustrations for Tolstoy’s The Cossacks and The Strider, The Willow, How Much Land Does a Man Need?, Three Deaths, and A Landowner’s Morning. Those illustrations, among many others, can be seen at our exhibition.

Background information:

Arkady Plastov (1893-1972) was a Soviet artist. Born in the village of Prislonikha (now in Ulyanovsk Region). Graduated from the Simbirsk religious school and later studied at the Seminary, but did not finish the studies. Studied at the Stroganov School, and at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture at the sculpture department.

Known as an author of paintings focused on the life of peasants and countryside residents. One of Plastov‘s most well-known series of works was done during World War II. For his contribution to art, the artist was awarded several medals and two Lenin Orders.

The exhibition can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 19:00. Cost of an admission ticket: free of charge for visitors under 16; 15 rubles for a discounted ticket; 30 rubles for a full-price ticket. Cost of a ticket for a guided tour: 30 rubles for visitors under 16 and for a discounted ticket; 45 rubles for a full-price ticket.

 
 
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