The masterful oil paintings that are included in the Johnson Collection of Russian and Soviet art are only one dimension of the consummate artistic training and skills developed by generations of Russian artists. Works on paper represent another facet of Russian visual artistry. Russian art institutes provided rigorous training in drawing and composition through which individual artists became attracted to the media of graphite, charcoal, pastel and conte’ crayon. Alternatively, various artists became enamored by the fluid qualities provided by watercolor and gouache as well as by the spontaneous painting techniques required to effectively utilize these materials. The diversity that is inherent to 20th century Russian art is displayed throughout this exhibition of works on paper.
This exhibition includes works by artists Andrianov, Babkov, Baroyants, Brodski, Bruny, Ivan Dmitrievich Chashnikov, Fechin, Khmelko, Aleksandr Leonidovich Korolev, Ladyagin & Brik, Maltsev, Boris E. Shatz, Stoyanov and Yakovlev.