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Title: Swan's Song
Artist: Teplova Alevtina
Size: 14x10.5x3.5
Size (inches): 5.5x4x1.25
Price : $425 SOLD!


Teplova Alevtina is the gifted artist who painted the scene on this box.
Here we see the pristine island preserve of Kizhi, which is situated on Lake Onega in the northern part of European Russia. The island is a living museum, home to one of the most famous Russian cathedrals, the Transfiguration Cathedral. The cathedral, which is the centerpiece of this composition, was built in 1714 and does not have one nail in its entire structure. Legend has it that it was built by a master carpenter, and the only tool he used in building the structure was an ax. After completing the structure he proclaimed that he would never be able to build a more perfect structure, and in the shadow of his splendid masterpiece, tossed the ax into the lake.
Full of waterways and frozen soil the Russian North represents the rugged and wild side of Russian culture and history. Here a flock of swans flies over the breathtaking Transfiguration Cathedral, angels from heaven, gliding over the pristine landscape. Bright white light shines down from heaven, an extremely moving touch, showing the delicate balance of God's perfect creation.
The artist has used a rare pallet of mellow earth tones: mint green, antique white and golden brown. Gold paint is used to highlight leaves of the trees, the plants in the foreground and, of course,the feathers in the wings of these beautiful swans. Gold is also decorates the walls of Cathedral.
The structure of the church is painted very precisely, each plank and angle defined and dimensionally shaded. The landscape is painted with smooth watercolor like brushstrokes, creating soft, rolling hillocks, gradually meeting with the dark expanse of water.
The box is constructed out of papier-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior and red lacquer is used to paint the interior of the box. The composition is framed by an ornament made of golden dots. More complex design of gold filigree wraps around the sides of the box. The lid is hinged at the top of the composition and the box rests flat. The work is signed with the name of the artist, village, the title ("Swan's Song").

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