Exhibition of works by Russian Realist artists opens at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz

CHEMNITZ.- With the exhibition The Peredvizhniki – Russian Realist Painters, the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz is showing 90 works on loan from the State Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow, and the State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg. The Peredvizhniki were an important and highly influential Russian secession movement in the second half of the 19th century. In their realist portrait, landscape and genre paintings the Peredvizhniki artists opposed the traditional Academy painting, which they regarded as too rigid, both in form and content. The paintings on show in the exhibition have never, or only rarely, been seen to date in Germany. The Peredvizhniki (which in Russian means Society for the Promotion of Touring Exhibitions) were an artists`group founded in Saint Petersburg in 1870, and including Ivan Kramskoy, Grigory Myasoyedov, Nikolai Ge and