Russian oil paintings are as versatile and extensive as Russia itself. Russian artists made their creative works as members of traditional art schools, but they also proved to be great pioneers who worked out new techniques and even established new styles.
Among famous Russian artists there were classicalists who specialized in historical and religious paintings, romanticists who painted highly sensual portraits and realists who were known for true-to-life or even satirical paintings, as well as psychological portraits.
We cannot but mention magnificent landscapes which are highly transparent and perfectly depict the lights and darks. Russian artists managed to express the beauty of changeable nature, either calm or extremely stormy.
Russian artists often devoted their canvases to national themes and depicted famous historical events which somehow left an imprint on their lives.
It is worth to mention the Russian avant-garde since it denied the sole notion “art”.