49 Northern Dreams

Northern Dreams

Posted on October 29, 2007 by

Paintings of Russian prehistoric North 1

This guy, Vsevolod Ivanov, was born in Russian Karelia region, the place as some people think the prehistoric motherland of all Northern nations. He is artist and is known for devotion of all his paintings to this ancient Russian North themes.

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Paintings of Russian prehistoric North 2

Paintings of Russian prehistoric North 3


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49 Responses to “Northern Dreams”

  1. Bishop Brennan says:



  2. aleksey says:

    Look at the foton torpedo launchers set up on the right boat on number 12…

  3. Guille says:

    Nice hiperborean fantasy

    • Siberlea says:

      These paintings are just Beautiful but could not be done by Vsevolod Ivanov as he was a Writer and novelist and not a painter

  4. bezdomny says:

    Hey – it’s the Thomas Kinkade of Russia!

  5. tom says:

    Nice fantasy pics! Reminds me to the pics in my Kalevala.

  6. Pictura says:

    Looks like “Lord of the Rings” the russian way.

  7. Dungeonbrownies says:

    although this is an extreme romanticization, its splendid. i see it draws from ancient russian culture before the rounded onion roofs and other asian designs.

  8. Visitor says:

    Great stuff. Thanks, ER.

  9. Richard S. says:

    Some of the art almost resembles British Columbia’s aboriginal peoples art. I note some totem poles as well as abstract crows. Did BC natives borrow some ancient Russian arts?

    • renton says:

      totem poles you might find for sure in Russia and Poland. Those were representatives of pegan Gods (in my country as far as I remember that was Swiatowid- lightwatcher or something). By the way- it was not so hard to move culture from N America to Asia and Europe. Alaska during winter time was connected by ice. And also, looking not so far behind, Alaska belongs to USA for not so long time- it was a part of russia before. Aren’t Alaskan totems similar to birds?

      • Richard S. says:

        Yes they are. They are very common along the Alaskan panhandle.

      • wlasnowierca says:

        This art is really WONDERFUL. Besides, four-faced Slavic God is called Swietowit or Svantevit (both names mean “Mighty Master” or “Mighty Lord”), not Swiatowid (“The World-Seer”, “The one who sees all world”). Also, Swietowit/Svantevit has been worshipped in Rugia (now Rugen, Germany) and the most famous place devoted to Him was Arkona – the temple-town or castle-town in Rugia. The four-faced idol of Slavic Gods called Swiatowid from Zbrucz probably represents various Slavic Gods and Goddesses and it also arguably shows three spheres of the Universe (Heavens or Svarga, domain of Swarog and Perun; Earth (Zemlya, Ziemia) land of Mokosh (or Mokosha), who is the Mother Goddess or Mother Earth, and the last domain, Underworld or Navia,, the place of Veles who takes care of fertility and the departed souls (NOT damned, there was and is NO damnation or “hell” in Old Slavic Religion). Glory/Slava!!

  10. Alex_AW says:

    It’s totally ludicrous.

  11. elisei_zorine says:

    … по трєхъ жє дьнєхъ јавишѧ сѧ єпискѹпѹ града того имєнємь пєтрѹ јако сѫтъ съхран҄єнъі кости нашѧ сємь мѣстѣ .

  12. talking beaver says:

    “ancient Russian North themes” – as a matter of fact, those territories, in particular the Karelia, had little to do with Russians as we know them.

    P.S. I like pics. Really cool! Some recall of Conan the Barbarian and Lovecraft’s ancient cities under the ice. The guy definitely has the spark of imagination.

  13. i claudius says:

    Is it me, or there’s no picture #6? I tried reloading the page but couldn’t find a 6.jpg. Wonderful blog and wonderful post to it, though!

  14. max says:

    if you don’t understand Russian culture don’t act like you do.

  15. Zafarad says:

    Don`t disturb me,i am dreaming.how nice and beautiful collection of pictures.”There is more pleasure in loving,than is being loved”.

  16. Marina says:

    Do not forget Ivanov was alos a very acomplished writer. His most famous novel is Colored Winds where he defines experiences of the Russian Civil War. I do recommend.

  17. Finnmerchant says:

    looks like it.otherwise it´s an old ship sewersystem

  18. D says:

    Beautiful paintings. I want to hang one in my house. Actually, I want a house like the ones in the paintings.

  19. Boris Abramov says:

    What an incredible imagination he must have.

  20. Swede says:

    Karelia is part of Greater Finland which is occupied by Russia. Finland failed to liberate it during WW2. Also Sweden fought for it several times since the 14th century.

    The architecture in the paintings are nordic viking mythology, with a viking ship on the second painting and a viking temple in the third to last. Swedish vikings used to sail down the Volga and Dnjepr trading with the turks.

    • Molnia says:

      that ship is not a Drakkar, it’s a Lodya, you can see from it’s soft curves and the different shape of the front head which doesn’t merge into the body of the ship.
      Lodyas were generally heavier and slower than Drakkars but better suited for rivers than seas.

      Karelia wilfully joined us and hasn’t even shown a slight sign of resistance since 1991 unlike Chechnya, Karelians are good folks.

      The architecture is actually Slavic, note the similarities to the “Russian Modern” style of civil architecture (see the State Historic Museum on red square)

  21. Greg says:

    Wow, they are simply splendid. Thank you for posting those beautiful paintings!

  22. mr.fit says:

    Hey there is Iaroslav and Onfine!

    Ha, I’m going to build a shed and paint it like that some day

  23. pazuzu says:

    wow!! Incredible!!

  24. Elt says:

    kJIaCCHbIE PuCyHku

  25. Elt says:

    looks like Kievan rus 1500 years ago

  26. Sadovski says:

    Looks totally like Kievan Rus 1500 years ago. Vsevolod is genius.

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  28. Sasha says:

    Umm.. Messed up fantasy I’d say when it comes to symbols and mythology. And I wouldn’t overuse the word ‘motherland’ when it comes to northern nations, because most of them call their lands ‘father’s land’ instead. And last but not least, slavic nations moved up north later than those ugrians (ancestors of Finns, Ingrians and Estonians etc etc) of Karelia.

  29. Evgenia says:

    это вы еще не видели открытки с дедом морозом и снегурочкой на тройке золотисных лошадей – сказочный кич!!

  30. owls_rayne says:

    Images are great, I wish there were more. Has the creator of the images written a novel to match. I showed my wife the images and told her that our next house will one’s shown here.

  31. Boki says:

    Hello everybody!
    Does anyone know who painted these pictures, if it’s not Vsevolod Ivanov? It would mean alot to me, as I’m interested in Slavic mythology…thanks!

    • Tuscany says:

      Well he’s Vsevolod Borisovich Ivanov, an artist born in 1950 in Karelia, not the writer who was born in Northern Kazakhstan. Are the ships in pic #12 completely imaginary or are they inspired by some historical vessels? Thanks in advance.

  32. Anna says:

    ээээ…. ну с мамонтами художник немного переборщил х))

  33. [...] finns det en otrolig massa inspirerande att titta på, här länkar jag till några bilder av Vsevolod Ivanov. Temat är det urgamla mytiska nordryssland. Mycket fina [...]

  34. Mob mesh says:

    Your blog is full of funny stuff. Most of all threads are great. I like your blog very much.

  35. Taupey says:

    Absolutely Beautiful!

  36. Rajko says:

    Fantastic pantings….. Slavs are one of the oldest civilisations on earth …Slavic simbols and alfabet is the oldest in the world…look at the findings in “vinca” Serbia ..As for the language Slavic laguage is the oldest in the world and to the sanscreet the mother of all indo-european language if you all do your reasearch carefully you will find that north countries such as Sweden Norway and Finland have thair ensestarial roots from Slavs …orr did they fly across Slavic lands to settle where they are now….Do your research people …”truth will set you free”

  37. Phoenix says:

    Pagan or Religion, its all patriarchal and that must die.

  38. Emperor1 says:

    Architecture is very nice.

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