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Item #0000101893

Evgenij Onegin (2011)

from Palekh by Vera Smirnova
4.50" x 2.50" x 1.00"(11.43 x 6.35 x 2.54 cm)

Gallery Price: $ 995.00
Internet Price: $ 895.00
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"Evgenii Onegin", Alexander Pushkin's novel in verse, comes alive in this sensational miniature by artist Vera Smirnova. Here Smirnova depicts the moment of the duel between Onegin and Lensky, who had been offended over comments about the woman (Olga) he loved. Townspeople to each side look on and spread rumors, and Olga in the center, seemingly disconnected from events, sits quietly and reads a book. All people and objects are done with exceptional care to detail and effect. A lot is going on in a small amount of space and everything fits works together very well. Especially attractive is the flow of lines in this work, whether they are from Olga's long luxurious shawl, or the gold lattice framework that the crowd seems to huddle behind. Smirnova also draws a lovely gold border on the side and another smaller ornament on the bottom, which is raised slightly off the surface by three small round legs. The box is made out of high quality papier mache and has a hinge at the top. It is signed by the name of the artist, village and year.

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