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russia 01Viktor Vasnetsov (1848-1926), Bogatyrs, Ilya Muromets a folk hero of the Kievan Rus defending the realm, ultimately buried at a monastery in Kiev

russia 02Ilya Yefimovich Repin (1844-1930), Ivan The Terrible And His Son Ivan On November 16, 1581

790Ilja Jefimowitsch Repin Reply of the Zaporozhian CossacksIlya Yefimovich Repin (1844-1930), Zaporozhian Cossacks reply to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire, 1880-1891

790Kramskoy Portrait of a WomanIvan Kramskoi (11837-1887), Portrait of an Unknown Woman, 1883, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

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Isaac Il'ich Levitan (1860-1900), Above Eternal Peace (1894), Romatic Scene near Lake Oudomlia, near Vychniï Volotchek in the Tver region

russia 04Alexei K. Savrasov (1830-1897), The Rooks have Returned, 1871, these innocuous birds are a harbinger of Spring, which after the long winter symbolizes the return of life

russia 05Vasily Surikov (1848-1916)), Boyarynya Morozova, an Old Believer martyr who rejected the religious reforms of Patriarch Nikon of Moscow. To the old believer any alteration of the Russian Faith that sustained the people through centuries was the direct hand of the anti-Christ

major08malevich35 45DSC 0439Kasimir Malevich (1878-1935), Mystic Suprematism (Black Cross on Red Oval), 1922

russia06DSC 0058 burliukDavid Burliuk (1882-1967), Father of Russian Futurism, this painter was an exile in the United States who pined to return to his native land

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