We mourn today with France, with Christians, with all mankind

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Today, we are all French. Today, we gasp, we ache, we mourn. Today, we feel a nauseating sense of loss. Today, we weep.

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is surely, along with St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, among the three most famous Christian churches in the world. And with good reason. It is — it was — magnificent.

The sheer size of the cathedral was stunning. For it to have been commissioned 850 years ago, and finished, largely, 700 years ago, makes its achievement even more mind-boggling. A person would walk through and say out loud, “How did they do this without motorized cranes, without modern alloys to help lift the stones and beams, before the flowering of knowledge and science that was the Renaissance?”

How did they figure out how to do those flying buttresses? How did they create that astonishingly beautiful rose window? What remarkable sense of devotion, of faith, inspired them?

Words fail at the tragedy that is this cathedral’s destruction. The mind wonders how authorities could have failed to have firefighting assets pre-positioned to respond immediately to a nightmare like this. Then guilt sets in for thinking of assigning blame in the midst of a disaster that hurts so badly, so deeply, especially to the French people who rightly were so proud of the glorious edifice.

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French Senate votes to restore Notre Dame to its original state

May 28, 2019

The French Senate voted to approve plans to rebuild the Notre Dame Cathedral and added a clause stipulating that it must be restored to how it was before the fire.

There has been controversy surrounding the restoration of the centuries old church, which was gutted by a massive fire last month. Some have called for the Notre Dame to be rebuilt exactly as it was, while others have pushed to add more modern elements to the Parisian landmark.

The Senate approved the bill Monday which would have the Notre Dame restored before Paris hosts the 2024 summer Olympics, but added that the cathedral must be rebuilt to its “last known visual state.”

The additional language is a rebuff of the government, which had launched an international architecture competition soliciting ideas for the Notre Dame’s redesign. The Senate also removed a clause that would have given the government the power to override planning regulations.

There has been intense debate in Paris over the restoration. French President Emmanuel Macron had called for “an inventive reconstruction” of the cathedral to make it “more beautiful than before.” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said that she favors restoring the monument to how it originally was.

Macron does not have veto power, so the matter will return to the Senate and National Assembly to negotiate an agreement on a final version that will become law.

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The exhibition of the artist Oleg Tselkov.

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The exhibition of the artist Rinat Sharafutdinov

IN QUEST OF THE ETERNAL HARMONY

«A piece of art is a spot of the universe seen through the prism of the unique temperament» Émile Zola

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Rinat Sharafutdinov is a gifted and extraordinary artist with his own artistic system of coordinates and a singular frame of vision, reflection and feeling based on «the meditation in colors». On his canvases he calculates everything to the millimeter: the expressiveness of lines and forms, the arrangement of space through color, the subtle interaction of all pictorial elements as a unique and independent entity. His creative assets are indicative of a wide range of the artistic palette – pictorial art, graphic art and monumental-decorative art.
In the pictorial art domain the painter is prolific in the genres of landscape, still life, portrait and narrative paintings. While expanding the borders of the traditional chamber genres, he creates his own pictorial space where the color and form appear as the absolute aesthetic category and the artist reveals his unique image-bearing world in its full diversity. The characteristic feature of his pictorial temperament is the contemplation of the world. Through the vanity of everyday life the artist can carefully scrutinize the details of his environment. During his plain air sessions he enjoys drawing sketches that bear «the stamp of excessive excitement», and sometimes supply preliminary material for creating serious, large-format works. This is where the author achieves the intensity of his first feelings. Admiring the mundane beauty, the diversity of natural forms, he takes time to transfer his impressions onto the canvas, filling the pictorial space with his philosophic attitude to life and his apprehension of its transient nature as compared to the eternity of the mundane existence.
The master’s logic is based not only on the rigid adherence to the artistic principles but also on incorporating his creative imagination into the process of painting. His landscapes are absolutely reasonable with their village cottages, domestic animals, groups of agricultural workers, holiday makers, females bathing in the river, painters with easels («Evening. Verhneuralsk suburbs», 2012; «Warm autumn», 2013; «View of the Svyato-Nikolsky cathedral» 2015, and others). The subtlety of the poetic intonation is inspired by simple details of everyday routine and this narrative manner has a charm of its own. The artist resorts to this paraphernalia in order to fully express the harmony of being, and the subtle coloring provokes certain emotions in the viewers. All this enhances the impression of the universal and monumental nature of his paintings. The pastorale of many narrative motifs makes the impression that the artist lives under a different sky, perceives the world through different eyes, and therefore creates paintings unparalleled in their emotional impact and beauty and therefore turns the dream of «the life steam of happiness» into pictorial reality.
The continuous devotion of the master to landscape is not accidental as the possibility of self-expression in this genre is high. Depending on the emotional dominant the pictorial language and the coloring texture there appears an explicit sculptural brush stroke accumulating the energy of motion, bold dynamic rhythms, the expression of the local color. Natural forms turn into expressive volumes of mundane matter and literally through several brush strokes there appears the effect of a sun ray breaking through the clouds, the foliage trembling in the wind, the extravaganza of light and shadow. «Clouds», 2014; «Rain over the mountain», 2015; «Rainbow», 2016 and others). The author can impart a new content into the chosen motif that reflects his «inner ego». The secret of this «newness» is in his attitude to the natural form as a constantly changing reality, in his aspiration to alter the visual perception through his own pictorial feeling.
City landscape, warm and light, occupies a prominent place in the artist’s work. These nooks of the old city with resident-friendly architecture are peaceful and comfortable. The compositions imply the imperative development of a certain plot line – the lovers’ meeting, the anticipation of a meeting with a bouquet of flowers, walking a dog («The Provinces», 2006; «Magnitogorsk. Old yard», 2015; «Lilac in blossom», 2015; «Winter evening in the city 2015, and others). Within the framework of the city landscape genre there are works whose space is adjusted to different laws of compositional construction. The author focuses on the geometry of color contrasts, rhythm and the conventionality of architectural forms: textural planes of the walls, luminous quadrangles of the windows. But even this essential city structure suggests the mandatory presence of a human being as a certain countdown point in the apprehension of the author’s concept. (Diptych: «Outskirts», «Walking the doggie». 2016).
The author is continuing his work in the decorative stylization domain, seeking the expressive and laconic form in the still-life genre. In order to achieve plastic clarity the author transforms the world of outward things turning it into a picturesque entity that is governed by the color and linear rhythms of the composition, living the life of harmony and beauty. («Blue room», 2008; «Bouquet for ballerina», 2015 and others).
His talent is most vividly manifest in creating complex and interesting compositions in the monumental art. One of the most impressive works in the Southern Urals is an enormous size mosaics «Motion» on the façade of the Ice palace. The artist managed to accurately express rhythm and plastic dynamics. It became areal embellishment of the city. One of the recent works is the wall painting «Theatre» in the interior of the restaurant «Our all». It is a multi-figure composition in the interior of the auditorium with fancy dress characters of the second part of the nineteenth century (over 160 portraits of most prominent public figures in the city including the portrait of the author himself).
Considering a wide range of interests the development of the master’s creative evolution is not devoid of integrity and depth. The spot of the universe created in its overwhelming diversity, «seen through the prism of the artist’s temperament» is really abundant in emotions and distinguished by the sincerity of feelings and the original perception of the beauty of the world.

by Marina ABRAMOVA,
The chief curator of the Magnitogorsk City Gallery, art critic,
member of the Union of Artists of the Russian Federation.

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R.S.-301.  The exhibition of the artist Rinat Sharafutdinov

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4.  The exhibition hall. Artist Rinat Sharafutdinov.

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10.  The exhibition hall. Diana is in front of “Diana” painting.

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11.  The exhibition hall. Artist Rinat Sharafutdinov.

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R.S.-1112. Coast. The Raging Moon”.  Oil on Canvas.   (70 x 80 cm)

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R.S.-1213.  “Fields”.  Oil on Canvas.   (70 x 80 cm)

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R.S.-1314.  “The lost river”.  Oil on Canvas.   (70 x 80 cm)

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R.S.-1415.  Rain by the mountain”.  Oil on Canvas.   (70 x 80 cm)

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R.S.-1516.  Fire of autumn”.  Oil on Canvas.   (70 x 80 cm)

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R.S.-1617.  Outskirts. City”.  Oil on Canvas.   (57 x 65 cm)

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R.S.-2218.  Walking with a dog”.  Oil on Canvas.   (57 x 65 cm)

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R.S.-1719.  Diana. Portrait of the daughter with a bow”.   Oil on Canvas.   (48 x 43 cm)

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R.S.-1820.  Magnitogorsk. Old courtyard“.  Oil on Canvas.   (73 x 92 cm)

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R.S.-1921.  Girl with dachshund”.  Oil on Canvas.   (62 x 96 cm)

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R.S.-2022.  City on a winter evening”.  Oil on Canvas.   (73 x 92 cm)

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R.S.-2123.  Cherries in a green vase”.  Oil on Canvas.   (63 x 96 cm)

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R.S.-3224.  The exhibition hall.

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R.S.-2425.  “Rest.  Pastel on paper.  (70 x 100 cm)

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R.S.-2326.  Girlfriends”.  Pastel on paper.  (100 x 70 cm)

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R.S.-2527.  Eugene”.   Pastel on paper.  (70 x 100 cm)

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R.S.-2728.  “Theater.  Wall painting.

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R.S.-2829.  “Enchanted hunters”.  Wall painting.

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R.S.-2630.  Motion”.  Mosaic portal of the Ice Sport Palace.

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R.S.-2931.  Artist Rinat Sharafutdinov.

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Alena Dergiliova. The Academy of Arts award

Artist Alena Dergiliova. The Russian Academy of Arts award.

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There was a presentation of the Russian Academy of Arts award 2017. Artist Alena Dergiliova and President of the Russian Academy of Arts Zourab Tsereteli.

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Editorial. Statistical table of views 2017

Dear readers of the journal “Russian Art & Paris”, we sincerely thank you for your everyday presence, for your letters and your comments. They are very important to us. We hope to maintain your attention in the new year as well. 

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“RUSSIAN ART & PARIS”. STATISTICAL TABLE OF VIEWS.

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The exhibition of Evgeni Yali – 70th anniversary

The exhibition of artworks by the well-known Saratov artist Eugeni Yali is a retrospective of his works and was devoted to the 70th anniversary of the master. More than 50 paintings of the author from the 1970 – 2010s are presented in the halls of the Saratov State Art Museum named after A.Radischev. Most of the works belong to private collections in Russia and abroad, and the rest are the artist’s property.

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Eugeni Yali one of the most talented Saratov landscape painters, whose work is well known far beyond Russia. The artwork of Yali is holistic and consistent. Its evolution moved in only one direction. He easily accomplished the uninhibited spontaneity of the perception of motive and the recreation of it on canvas, the unerring sense of proportion, the innate taste – all that is called artistic creative thinking. The main features of his artistic legacy were rightly determined by the exigently severe critic A. Arbitman: “The value of his art is not in the power of voice, but the clarity of the sound.” This perhaps cannot be said more succinctly or accurately.

Eugeni Yali is a pure landscape painter, a master of contemplative lyrical paintings. The emotional role of the restrained and calibrated color scheme is always great in his works, but particularly the linear-rhythmic beginning becomes the most important within the system of means of expression. At the core of his method is a direct contact with nature and a complex mediation of its transmission within a picture. We should not praise Yali for the faithfulness of nature or scold him for the excessive subjectivity of her perception: it is the combination of these principles that creates the unique originality of his art. The artist has always sought to identify the dominant tone and its corresponding rhythmic structure of landscape, and to capture its inner, sometimes deeply hidden, melody. He makes the structure of a few objects more rhythmic, without disrupting the balanced harmony of composition of the overall work. His persistent search for patterns, both rhythmic and melodic, exists in fundamental opposition to the landscape-etude that dominates today.

The perception of Yali’s art requires a certain culture of vision, and an overall aesthetic education. The understatement of his paintings predispose the viewer to an active co-creation, to rebounding figurative associations. But the character and direction of these incoming associations is programmed from the start with the structure of his best landscape paintings. This contains the undeniable organic nature of his artworks, which, hopefully, deserve the destiny of long life.

by Efim Vodonos,
Honored Artist of the Russian Federation,
Director of the Russian art department of the Saratov State Art Museum
named after A.Radischev.

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2. The Saratov State Art Museum named after A.Radischev. The exhibition ad.

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3. The vernissage.

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4. The vernissage. Artist Evgeni Yali (the second from right).

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5. The exhibition hall.

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6. Artist Evgeni Yali.

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7. The first viewers.

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8. The exhibition hall.

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11. “The village in the woods”   Oil on Canvas.   (60 x 80 cm)

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12. “Saratovka”   Oil on Canvas.   (40 x 60 cm)

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13. “The magpie is gone”   Oil on Canvas.  (100 x 70 cm)

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14. “Volga duct”   Oil on Cardboard.  (40 x 40 cm)

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15. “October”   Oil on Canvas.  (40 x 50 cm)

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17. “Night at May”   Oil on Canvas.  (60 x 80 cm)

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18. “The evening at Volga river”   Oil on Cardboard.  (42 x 60 cm)

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19. “Cremea”   Oil on Canvas.  (45 x 56 cm)

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20.  “Academic resort”   Oil on Cardboard.  (36 x 42 cm)

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21. “The bush”   Oil on Canvas.  (45 x 65 cm)

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22. “Deserted village”   Oil on Canvas.  (30 x 45 cm)

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23. “Spring”   Oil on Cardboard.  (34 x 47 cm)

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24. “The tree in the steppe”   Oil on Canvas.  (90 x 60 cm)

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25. “…”   Oil on Board.  (30 x 40 cm)

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26. The exhibition hall.

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27. The exhibition catalog.

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28. The Saratov State Art Museum named after A.Radischev.

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Photographers:

Irina Vetchinkina, department for the development of of the Saratov State Art Museum
named after A.Radischev.

Olga Bakutkina, journalist

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Salon “Impressions” 2016, (Barbizon)

The atelier of Jean-François Millet and the Association of Art Puissance 7 Events, in partnership with the town of Barbizon, organized the First International Exhibition “Impressions” 2016 (le Salon de l’Estampe à Barbizon). This salon aspires to become an annual event for lovers of the prints technique, having experienced moments of glory in the small village of Barbizon. In this first salon will be exhibited works by 34 contemporary artists, as well as 12 prints of the XIX century Barbizon School.

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There are places, remaining in memory for a long time, that are more accessible than others for the purposes of inspiration or emotion. These are the places that attracted the attention of artists for their charm and scenic beauty. Barbizon is one of those places, located on the edge of the plain of Chailly and Fontainebfeau forest. The Barbizon School – Corot, Rousseau, Diaz, Millet, Daubigny – turned into a great art movement of the XIX century and became a premise of impressionism.
Today, Barbizon is known for its galleries and museums, but it lacks the big annual exhibition that would present the works of old and new masters in symbiosis with the spirit of Barbizon. The uniqueness of the new salon is that the exposition presents the art of engraving, which has often been the both vector to the understanding of artwork, and also, above all, an art technique that is maximally saturated with direct emotions.
We hope that the emergence of New Salon will attain the highest of our aspirations. This Salon is also the result of partnership, and we warmly thank the various stakeholders: Philippe Douce, mayor of Barbizon, for the organization of this event; Daniel Moret and his studio, for workshops for their partnership; the gallery of Angelus, for the presentation of original prints of the Barbizon school; and the municipality of Barbizon for its help.
We especially thank the artists who showed interest and agreed to participate in this first exhibition of the New Salon.

Hiam FARHAT, Maison-Atelier de JF Millet
Gérard ROBIN, Président d’Art puissance 7 Events

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Impressions2016-98. Exhibition hall.

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Impressions2016-109.  The viewers.

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Impressions2016-1110. Artist Jeanna Clauteaux.

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Impressions2016-1211. Artist Claire Illouz.

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Impressions2016-1312. Artist Toni Pecoraro.

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Cornfield 213. Artist Vitaly Gubarev.

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Сумрачный день, офорт, 49.5х5714. Artist Mikhail Kocheshkov.

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Impressions2016-1415. Artist Livio Ceschin.

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Impressions2016-1516. Artist Marjan Seyedin.

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Impressions2016-1617. Artist IKUTA.

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Impressions2016-1718. Artist Zarko Smiljanic.

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Impressions2016-1819. Artist Tsuzen Nakajima.

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