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Title: Grand Master
Artist: Zhiryakov Alexey
Size: 20x12x4
Size (inches): 7.75x4.75x1.5
Price : $1450 SOLD!


This interesting work is a creation of Alexey Zhiryakov from the village of Palekh. Alexey comes from the famous family of Palekh artist. His father, Yugeniy Zhiryakov, and mother, Galina Zhiryakova were the leading Palekh artists during the Soviet Union epoch. They still work, and impart their painting experience to a new generation of artists. His brother, Andrey, is also a very talented artist whose works were displayed on our website.
Looking at this box, the viewer may at first sight recognize the unique painting style of Alexey Zhiryakov. It is a true sign of his artistic talent.
The work is called "The Grand Master", and shows the artist's fantasy on the theme of chess game. In the left part of the composition he paints the chess grand master who wears the long cloak of a chess board coloring. He sits at the table and makes chess using the special woodworking machine. The rest part of the composition is filled with rugged rocks, raging sea, and castles of the fantastic land, as well as with an innumerable number of chess that the grand master has already made. Some of these chess look like people, while another ones look like ordinary chess.
On the box's sides Zhiryakov continues to paint the long cloak of the grand master and the rugged rocks of the fantastic land.
Gold and aluminum are used to detail and highlight virtually every portion of the composition. This enhances the already lustrous palette and makes the scene sparkle from within.
The box is constructed out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The box has a hinge above the composition, and rests on four rounded legs. Zhiryakov has signed, titled and dated (2006) this brilliant creation.

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