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Title: Winter in Countryside
Artist: Kirsanov Sergey
Size: 8.5x7x2.5
Size (inches): 3.25x2.75x1
Price : $650 SOLD!


The golden sky meshes with the snowy landscape in a medley of color. Barren trees stand without shivering in the frigid breeze. Lakes frozen over have trapped fish where fishermen saw holes to catch a meal. Homes fill the skyline with smoke billowing from their chimneys as the people inside get ready to conquer the day. All will be quiet until spring when the trees fill in with greenery and the birds come back. Then the snow will recede, the ice will melt, and golden mornings like this will have to mesh themselves with enlivened green landscapes.
The painting of this box has amazing details! Oil-based paint is the main medium used to paint this composition. The palette is very precise, which uses whites and browns to fill in the landscape. To give the effect of diffusing light coming from behind the tree the artist paints over an inlay of mother-of-pearl. The layers are thin and the colors give the inlay its luminescent quality. He also uses a small amount of aluminum powder in the paints for added glow. It is amazing how much detail the artist paints on the surface of this box.
The box is made from paper-mache. The exterior is covered with a grayish lacquer and the interior is covered with red lacquer. Aluminum powder is dusted over the outside and small patterns decorate the box. The small patterns are made from small aluminum punchouts that were painted gold, then placed in intricate order on the box during the lacquer's drying process.
The box has a hinge above the scene and rests on a flat bottom. Upon completing the work on this piece the artist signs his name at the bottom of the composition.

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