Wedding Troika (Свадебная Тройка). Two splendid sleighs whisk away the bride and groom together with their wedding party. The troika is one of Russia's premier symbols, along with the matryoshka doll and St. Basil's Cathedral outside of the Red Square in Moscow. The system of a troika is that the center horse holds to a straight line while the two opposite pulling horses generate the high speeds typical of a well-balanced troika. Hand painted on a polished lacquered wood panel. Mounted on deep black velvet within a gold wash frame. About 19"x10". 1 only.
The artist, Igor Viktorovich Shepel, was born in 1961 in the city of Rostov-on-the-Don. From 1978-1984 he studied at the Rostov College of Arts (named after Mitrofan Borisovich Grekov 1882-1934, founding father of Soviet military theme and panoramic painting). Shepel is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia and participates in many regional and personal exhibitions. He works and teaches at the Grekov Art School. Many of his works are in museums, galleries and private collections of Russia, Germany, Brazil, Canada.