Original ethnographic etching by the listed Russian artist Oleg Andreev 'Quadrille Dance.' This etching offers a vivid representation of Siberian folklore. It was created in 1985 as a part of Andreev's most prominent work - a series of unique etchings 'Ust-Tsilem Gorka' which he began creating in 1982. Ust-Tsilma is a village in the Komi Republic in Russia and one of the oldest inhabited places in European Siberia. Andreev was preoccupied with preserving the area's culture by creating its visual representations.
The etching is signed by the artist and has an inscription in Russian: 'Celebration in Ust-Tsilem Gorka. Dances, 1-9', indicating its position in the Ust Tsilma series. The back of the etching has an appraisal certificate (in Russian) from the Moscow Artist House from 1987, valuing the work at 1,000 (thousand) rubles. The etching is framed in wood and matted, but both will probably need to be replaced as the matting has separated from the etching in a few places and warped - please see the pictures carefully. Also please note some age-related discoloration.
Dimensions with the frame: 16" x 12.25" (40.6 cm x 31 cm).
Dimensions of the etching inside the frame: 12" x 9.25" (30.4 cm x 23.5 cm).
This etching depicts a traditional square dance, Quadrille, popular in many parts of Russia with great regional variety. The artwork's numerous characters are engaging in a dance, observing, and walking nearby. One of the central characters is playing balalaika - a traditional Russian stringed musical instrument with a characteristic triangular wooden, hollow body and three strings. The details here are truly amazing. One can clearly see the emotions on people's faces: lively young women dancing, a smiling balalaika player, a sad old man standing in the middle, a little girl cheering from the sidelines, and a solemn looking couple walking nearby. Andreev meticulously depicted the diverse elements of the traditional clothes worn by the characters. Other details also add to the ethnographic feel of the work: the nearby river with a cargo boat, traditional roofs of houses, the wildflowers.
Oleg Alexeevitch Andreev (1927-) is known for his ethnographic visual works, representing cultural traditions and folklore of different parts of Russia and the former Soviet Union, including Siberia, the Arctic, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and many more. He uses a variety of media - color chalk, pencil, watercolor - but is most famous for his one-of-a-kind etchings. Andreev was a member of Russian Academy of Arts and previously Soviet Academy of Arts. His works are featured in museums and are rarely available outside of Russia.
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Graphic Etching 'Quadrille Dance' by Listed Russian Artist Oleg Andreev