Art In The Village

Art In The Village

Not every village can boast of having a picture gallery. And it is worth to say that ordinary villagers are usually far from high art. But Voskresenskoe village, that was lost somewhere in the south of Bashkortostan, is an exception. And the gallery is not the only attractive place of the village, there is also an old copper smelter.

Art In The Village

Voskresenskoe village was born in Bashkirian woods in the middle of the 18th century. Then the first smelter in Bashkortostan was built there on the banks of the river Voskresenka. It gave the name to the village.

Art In The Village

The plant was built, but it could not start working: in 1735 Bashkirs began an uprising, the dam was burnt and all bricks were carried away. Russians turned to be more stubborn: they crushed the rebellion and restored the plant.

Art In The Village

So the plant worked for the benefit of Russia, till in 1774 it was captured by Pugachev’s rebels. Then cannons for the army of Pugachev were cast here. After the defeat near Orenburg Pugachev himself visited the plant. Among the villagers there is still a legend that after Pugachev attended a service at the church plant, he and his men left by an underground passage that was going through the forest, so nobody in Voskresenskoe has ever seen Pugachev again.

Art In The Village

During Pugachev’s uprising the plant was again ravaged and destroyed. Due to the fact that one of the owners of the plant had been killed in the uprising, and another died and had not children, the plant passed from hand to hand until the end of the 19th century when the ore reserves were depleted. The plant was closed in 1902 during the industrial crisis.

Art In The Village

For the last 40 years the plant remains serve as stockyards for the residents of Voskresenskoe.

Art In The Village

The other river side has a completely different life, there is no a sign of devastation.

Art In The Village

Sorry, we don’t lend money!

Art In The Village

There is a one-story red brick building – a picture gallery of Voskresenskoe village.

Art In The Village

Locals.

Art In The Village

Art In The Village

In 1941 students of the Moscow art school were evacuated to Voskresenskoe. Several children from 11 to 17 years arrived here together with their teachers.

Art In The Village

During severe war times they learned to paint and create sculptures.

Art In The Village

Children made pictures about their native city, that suddenly became so far.

Art In The Village

And about war heroes.

Art In The Village

Art In The Village

Moscow children quickly made friends with local boys and girls, went to the same school, played football, wore similar clothes. 6 students went to the front and died there. One of them received the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union.

Art In The Village

There were no canvases and children adapted to local production. During the war a small furniture factory worked here. It  produced spongy brown cardboard that served as canvas for students. Now they are kept in the private collections of Moscow artists as relics.

Art In The Village

Ruins of the copper smelting works were, of course, the favorite theme for pictures.

Art In The Village

Voskresenskoe has another reason to be proud of : a boarding school for children with development lag.

Art In The Village

Pashkov’s estate house is now abandoned.

Art In The Village

Children are taught to love their mother land.

Art In The Village

To operate lathes.

Art In The Village

To cultivate onion.

Art In The Village

To be an apiarist.

Art In The Village

Location:Voskresenskoe

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6 thoughts on “Art In The Village”

  1. Interesting colony. No suprise the building is abandonded. Some of the art is a little primitive. However, the main pieces are nice. A lot of buzz about bees lately

  2. Really excellent stuff, thank you Alexander Belenkly(?) and ER.

    Were students at the Moscow school of Art really as young as 11 at that time? Whatever their ages the quality of their work shines out, even despite, or maybe as a consequence of, using spongy cardboard as a support instead of canvas – brilliant stuff.

    Critique – It could be said that this site itself uses broad brush strokes to convey all manner of material which opens our eyes and vision up to new discoveries every day.

  3. Even in the smallest Russian villages you find decent art. I am tired of “big cities” artistically poor in all aspects.

  4. This is really cool that this little place has this art museum. I like the painting of the ship and sailors. How much do they want for it?

    😉 I’m joking, I know it’s not for sale.

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