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#002066

Title: Princess Swan
Artist: Makarov Eduard
Size: 4.5x4.5x2
Size (inches): 1.75x1.75x0.75
Price : $495 SOLD!

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A well-known artist Eduard Makarov painted this box. He lives in Fedoskino, teaches at the Fedoskino Art Institute, and is part of a handful of artists in the village who are breaking all of the rules of tradition to expand the artistic horizons for the future. His work seems to have no limitations and he can take a very simple form, integrate its entire surface, and come up with something the world has never seen before each time he completes a box. His style can be called "elastic": from his unlimited creativity to his wonderful mastery of the painted aesthetic.
Here the artist has chosen to depict the Princes Swan from the Pushkin's tale "The Tale of Tsar Saltan" both in her human and animal form.
The palette is very bright and vividly shows a very wide range of cool and warm tones on the box. His brushwork is very soft, which makes the composition seem to move slowly and fluidly. His brushwork is also very thin giving the scene unparalleled detail. He prefers to make very multi-layered compositions to get a three-dimensional effect and create a dynamic experience for the eye. By doing this he is able to incorporate a great amount of supplementary mediums like mother-of-pearl, gold paint and powder, and tiny aluminum shapes that were punched out of a sheet of thin aluminum and placed on the box by hand tiny aluminum shapes that were punched out of a sheet of thin aluminum and placed on the box by hand (they decorate the edges of the lid).
Overall, the box can be compared to how opal (a very precious gemstone) glows in the sunlight: in a rainbow of colors, it is beautiful from every angle, and every time you pick it up it is like holding it for the first time.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the box while red lacquer completes the interior of the work. The interior of the box is decorated with tiny gold flowers. The sides of the box are additionally decorated with dozens of gold dots and tiny aluminum shapes in the form of stars that were punched out of a sheet of thin aluminum and placed on the box by hand.
A hinge is fastened to the top of the composition, and the box rests on a flat bottom. The work is signed, dated (2005) and titled ("Princess Swan") by the artist on the exterior bottom of the box.




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