Monday, August 08, 2011

Vrubel fireplace, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

I enjoyed a brief visit to the Tretyakov early in June, and was able to get this shot of one of the interesting objects from my favourite room, the large one devoted to the work or Maxim Vrubel, who worked in the early 20th century. It is a Majolica-fronted fireplace from the home of a rich merchant. Vrubel was one of the best-known Russian artists of the Art Nouveau period.

There is a large work titled "The Dream" by Vrubel nearby, with rows of chairs for visitors to contemplate it in comfort. If you don't want to pay admission to the museum, you can see one of Vrubel's mosaics atop the Metropole Hotel on Red Square.

I'm interested in Jungian psychology, and I have long had an idea about exploring the link between the psychology of Jung and Freud, with its emphasis on dreams, and the art work of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Symbolism and Art Nouveau. Maybe someday...

The Tretyakov, which is located south of the Moscow River, is well worth a visit for its collections of Russian art and icons.


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