Beautiful Nature and Remarkable People: The Art of Andrey Remnev

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Andrey Remnev

My birth place is Yakhroma town, in the vicinity of Moscow. It is situated on high hills, from where broad Bruegelian vistas are open. The uneven terrain with significant differences of high and low; a canal between the Moskva river and the Volga; small rivers, woods and villages; a nearby ancient town of Dmitrov, which is equal to Moscow in age; ships cruising the canal and trains outdistancing them – all this I saw from my window since my early years. It was a view that embraced all the diversity of the world. This is why I can say that the impressions of my childhood and youth – beautiful nature and remarkable people – are the most important ones.

In the museum of Moscow’s St. Andronic Monastery I copied the best examples of the old Russian painting of the 15th-17th centuries.
My own style evolved from the ancient icon painting, Russian art of the 18th century, the compositional innovations of the World of Art group and Russian Constructivism.

As painters of the past, I use natural pigments bound with egg yolk.

I had never saw a work by this artist until today. I ran across the image on the left below — of the woman sleeping, wearing pearls and a thickly embroidered golden gown covered with blackbirds and waves. There is a lovely sense of peace and serenity.  A richness. Stillness.

High Water. Code. Diptych. 2014 Remnev


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Siesta, 2008 Remnev

The more I looked, the more I fell in love.  This guy is obsessed with birds!  I wish these fabrics could exist in real life.  What fun it would be to wear clothing like this.

Frau Herbst, 2001 Remnev
Migration, 2009 Remnev


Bagatel, 2010 Remnev
Hotbed, 2014 Remnev
Polya 2011 Remnev
Echo, Remnev 2011

Ah, yes.  The birds, the inscrutable expressions on these women’s faces, the textured luxurious fabrics, and a very strong sense of surrealism — the paintings of Remnev are captivating.

Vesna (Spring), 2010 Remnev
Silk Birds, 2007 Remnev
Metamorphosis, 2012 Remnev
Apples of Gesperides, 2007 Remnev


Remnev conveys a sense of isolation even when the subject in the painting is not alone — we feel their loneliness.

Eurasia, 2015 Remnev
Spring-Winter, 2007 Remnev
The unplaiting of the hair, 1997 Remnev

I am struck by the isolation, the feeling of “alone-ness” in this next set of paintings:

Andromeda, 2007 Remnev


Tomorrow will be wind, 2005 Remnev
Deep Breath, 2011 Remnev
Siringa, Remnev



Papagena, Remnev


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Expulsion from Paradise, 2008 Remnev

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this artist.  Which painting speaks to you most clearly? What does it say to you? If you find others by this artist  that intrigue your senses, please share a link.



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I am a pianist, musician, music teacher, choir director, mother, wife, daughter, sister, cousin, sister-in-law, friend, neighbor. I enjoy music (of course!), quilting, sewing, beading, traveling, kayaking, camping, biking, hiking, gardening, knitting, scrapbooking, cooking, reading, poetry, drinking good coffee, and having fun with family and friends. NOTE -- Creative Commons License: All work of The Tromp Queen (quirkyjazz, aka Jill) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License.

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