Let’s scroll down and take a leisurely look at a few more of those paintings. The tradition started at the tail end of XVIII century in the village of Fedoskino and since then has become the classical style of the Russian folks painting.
Russian miniature survived and thrived in spite of changing fashion and tastes, ups and downs in the fortunes of shop owners and merchants, changing cultural and political climes.
The history of Russian miniature, from 1795 to the present day, is rich and nearly as colorful as paintings themselves, where sunny-golden and blood-red come together and don’t seem to clash, where sandy-haired princes catch their Firebirds by the tails, where maidens are ripe and apple-cheeked, and the onion-domed churches soar to the heavenly skies.
For those who read Russian and want to know absolutely everything about many generations of painters and schools of Russian miniature that sprung out following the success of Fedoskino’s masters — follow the link Федоскинская миниатюра.
Another collection I want to showcase here isn’t quite as colorful, and not because these old photographs are black-and-white. The photos are nearly a century and a half old. They feature Russian villagers, dirt-poor peasants mostly, in their “natural habitat”, their everyday life, and dwelling and some in their “Sunday” clothes.
What amazes me is that in the villages like these, amidst poverty and depravity, there lived and worked people who created miniature fairy tales with their magic brushes.