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Title: Morozko
Artist: Lopatin A.
Size: 1x1x1
Size (inches): 4x3x1 1/2
Price : $295 SOLD!


This traditional Palekh miniature was painted by A. Lopatin. It features two scenes from the fairy-tale "Father Frost" (Morozko). One of them shows Father Frost throwing a warm fur coat over the shoulders of a frozen girl. He feels sorry for the girl because in spite of her sufferings she doesn't complain that she has chilled to the bone. The second scene features the old man riding troika and carrying his stepdaughter in the sledge. Having known that the old man's daughter received rich presents from Father Frost, she also decided to try her luck. Being rude and capricious, she was frozen to death by Father Frost.
The composition is mostly painted in white tones that fit excellently for reproduction of a winter landscape. It doesn't look monotonous because of adding different shades of green, blue, pink and glistening gold. Aluminum paint is also used but in very small amounts.
The composition is well-designed and filled with different details. The leaves on the trees, patterns in the costumes, folds of cloth and hairs on the fur trim of their outfits, strands of hair, spots of snow and countless other details are created with very fine strokes of gold and aluminum paint, adding definition and a rich, bright quality to the scenes.
The box is made out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The edges of the lid and the box's sides are decorated with beautiful gold patterns. The lid is hinged from the top of the composition and the box rests on four rounded feet. Signed with the name of the artist, village and year (2005).

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