This impressionistic still life painting of flowers, fruit, and linen is a stand out by Russian artist Maria Balakova. These are objects the artist understands intimately - traditional Russian embroidery next to a hand woven basket of summer wildflowers, red tomatoes and peppers, a kitchen knife - they speak of the simple pleasures of hearth and home, of traditional womanly crafts and pursuits.
Rendered in gouache and watercolor, the piece is fairly large for a work like this on paper. It has quite a realistic presence when viewed from a distance due to the impressionistic rendering of nearly discreet small organic areas of color - vibrant and lively on the flowers and fruit while showing a marvelous sensitivity to the subtle myriad shades required to depict something as simple as the white ground of the traditional embroidery or the sheen of the linen tablecloth, even the neutral wall undulates with color.
This painting is elaborately and impressively framed and ready to hang on your wall. If you've visited a frame shop lately, you know that you can spend much more than the cost of the art to have a piece matted and framed in quality, archival materials. So that inexpensive print may cost you an additional $600 or more to frame.
CONDITION is fantastic. The painting is double matted and framed in a wooden frame under glass. Signed and dated in Cyrillic at the lower right with a printed note taped to the back translating the artist's name. Measures 32" x 27" overall, with a sight size inside the mat of 21 1/2" x 16 1/2". Weighs 10 lbs. 5 oz.
The more I look at this painting the more I am impressed by it. Watercolor and gouache are difficult mediums to master. A rare Russian beauty. Enjoy!