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Title: Winter Troika
Artist: Soloviev Oleg
Size: 10x8.5x2.5
Size (inches): 4x3.25x1
Price : $275 SOLD!


Oleg Solovyov of Palekh is the artist who painted the composition on this box. Here we see a couple racing through their village at a blistering pace while a driver encourages the horses. The pace that is being set by the driver looks like it will not be slowing any time soon. The horses with their muscular and sinewy bodies are the tools letting the troika sled traverse the terrain at such great speeds and ease. Once the ride will come to an end it will seem as though time had stood still for the duration of the ride and the two passengers will go back to their lives with a new understanding and love of life.
Warm colors are found in the palette that was used to paint this scene as well as cool colors. These colors play with the wintertime setting that is supposed to be cold but the troika lets the peoples souls feel warm, which is why they are painted with warm paints. The detail is enhanced in the scene with the use of gold and silver paints, which are used sparingly but add brightness and life. With the fine brush mastery, clear detail, and dynamic characters, it's easy to see why Solovyov is such a popular artist!
The scene is framed with gold beads of different size, whereas the sides of the box are adorned with elegant gold patterns.
The box is constructed of paper-mache. Black lacquer is used to paint the exterior of the piece while dark red lacquer completes the interior of the work. The box has a hinge from the top of the scene, and rests on a flat bottom. It is signed with the artist's name, the village of Palekh and the title ("Troika").

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