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Palekh

Palekh miniature painting (Палехская миниатюра) is the most traditional and most sought after of the Russian miniaturist painting styles. It is done with tempera paints on lacquered boxes made of papier-mâché. While the lacquer art first appeared around 1923, its predecessors were icon painters, hence, during the era of Soviet Russia, Palekh was essentially sublimated iconography.
Bright tempera paints are used over a black background. The artists are known for their delicate and smooth design, abundance of golden shading, and accurate silhouettes of flattened figures. Tempera is a difficult medium in which to work and is unforgiving in its outcomes. Landscapes and architecture, and elongated proportions of the figures harken back to the icon painting traditions.

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    Partisans [Palekh]

    Partisans [Palekh]

    Partisans (Партизаны). O. Belishev (О. Белышев). Hinged papier-mache box, egg tempera paints, metallic powders, lacquer. 5" x 3" x 1¼". Some light but barely noticeable signs of us. 1 only, as shown. The partisans were members of the...

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    "St. George Warrior" [Palekh]

    "St. George Warrior" [Palekh]

    St George, Warrior (Святой Георгий, Воин). Standing in front of the Kremlin walls. In golden armor with lance, shield and quiver of arrows, i.e., ready for battle. Marked "Палех" and dated (1979). Beautifully done and seriously unusual and uncommon. Egg...

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    Ruslan and Ludmila Ларчик (small box) from 1960 in the State Russian Museum

    Ruslan and Ludmila [Palekh]

    Ruslan and Ludmila (Руслан и Людмила).  Alexey Ivanovich Zaitsev (Алексей Иванович Зайцев), Palekh, mid-20th century. Alexey Ivanovich was born in 1921. From 1937-1947 he studied at the Palekh Art School and was taught by legendary founders of...

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