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Life à la russe

by the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve





Exhibition catalogue
Publication prepared by Tsarskoye Selo
St Petersburg, 2010
Number of printed copies: 750
Language: Russian



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This album-catalogue is based on materials for the Life à la russe exhibition opened June 23 to September 30, 2010 at the Zubov Wing of the Catherine Palace by the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum in cooperation with Moscow’s State Historical Museum. The exhibition is devoted to the Russian Style, one of the distinctive phenomena in this country’s art in the 19th and early 20th centuries. At that time the Russian theme and Russian Style figured large in practically all spheres of artistic life. At the basis of the Russian Style lay a turning to the artistic traditions of the past – to folk art and the art of Early Rus’.

The album-catalogue covers the area of the style connected with everyday life of all population categories – from the imperial court and high aristocracy to the merchant class and intelligentsia.

Preceded with the articles Life à la russe by O.B. Strugova (Moscow) and The Russian Style at the Tsarskoye Selo Residence by Tatiana S. Ivanchenkova (Tsarskoye Selo), the three main sections of the catalogue present the Russian Style in the court culture, everyday life and religious art, following the ideas of the three-point programme “The Orthodoxy, the autocracy and the national spirit” which was adopted by the Russian government of the period and served as the foundation of the artistic style. 

The catalogue lists over 240 artworks including late 19th – early 20th century architectural designs, graphic art works, paintings, festive dinner menus, pieces of furniture and interior decorations by famous masters of Abramtsevo and Talashkino, court attires and imperial costumes, religious art works, and unique jewellery from leading Russian makers of the time. A good number of the items, many of which are published for the first time, are of memorial value and come from the collections of the Catherine and Alexander Palaces.

This publication is intended for a wide audience interested in Russian history and culture.

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