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Palekh

Traditional Palekh miniature painting (Палехская миниатюра) is, among all the Russian lacquer art styles, the most sought after. It first appeared around 1923, and its predecessors were icon painters, hence, during the era of Soviet Russia, Palekh was sublimated iconography. The artists are known for their delicate and smooth design, abundance of golden shading, and accurate silhouettes of flattened figures. Bright tempera paints are used over a black background. 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 use. 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 (Руслан и Людмила) by Alexey I. Zaitsev

    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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