Monthly Archives: May 2018
The movements of the Tanagryanoks are beautiful and measured, their gestures are restrained, and the expression on their faces is noble. Here is a woman, raising her raincoat, wants to cross the street. As if feeling admiring glances on herself, she bashfully lowered her eyes. An ardently akimbo and beaming with a radiant smile, a young saleswoman of roses stands at the crossroads with a basket.
I love joy, bliss, love youth and the sun;
My lot is to be in the sunshine and the beauty of love! Continue reading
In St. Petersburg, they became interested in the offer. Different motives led the parties to the transaction. The Minister of the Court, Count I.I. Vorontsov-Dashkov, was preoccupied with external prestige and the possibility of infringing on German interests. He wrote to the Director of the Hermitage, Count A. A. Vasilchikov: “All the major European museums have now turned their attention to this collection. In the Berlin Museum we have a terrible rival. Our young Kizeritsky, who has seen the collection in Athens and in Berlin, says that every thing in it is worth its weight in gold … Continue reading
The Greek words “tanagra”, “tanagryanka” entered the Russian language about a hundred years ago. They are used today to denote everything fragile, feminine and plastic. The artist V. Serov invented on their basis his term “tanagretika”, meaning by it artless, elegant, the opposite of the cold and rational in art.
The ancient city of Tanagra in Boeotia, in the northeast of the Balkan Peninsula, has gained wide popularity in modern times due to archaeological sensation – the finds of Tanagra figurines. Continue reading