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"I have visited most of the finer galleries in the U.S. I have never seen so many high quality paintings in any one gallery."
– Denis Chernyshov
Hudson River School expert and curator of exceptional paintings for numerous finer U.S. Galleries

"During the last three years, Lazare Gallery has removed more high quality paintings from Russia than any other gallery in the world."
– Anna Yurievna Mudrova
Ministry of Culture, Moscow

"...Life is a wonderful thing after all. But it is very, very, short...I am for immortality with all my heart..."
– Nikolai Sergeyev
Artist, former member of the Artists' Guild of the USSR
"It is wonderful," Russian artist Mikhail Kugach said recently, "to see a gallery recognize the importance of and focus on the most skilled artists of the Moscow School of Russian Realism, the world's greatest realism art movement of the 20th Century."

This showcase of Russian Realist painting, which has earned the admiration of Kugach and countless other artists, art collectors and art investors, is Lazare Gallery.

Located in rural Charles City County, Virginia, far from the capitals of the fashionable art world, Lazare Gallery is nonetheless the epicenter of the West's discovery of the surpassing beauty of Russian Realism.

Interior of Lazare Gallery
June 1, 2014 - September 30, 2014
Masters of Form, Space and Feeling
20th Century Russian Realism and Impressionism

Russia's great artists are advocates of tradition and academic training. By using consummate technical adeptness, by adhering to the rare, time-honored discipline of "seeing", by accurately interpreting and portraying unity within nature and their fellow man, these artists have achieved remarkable depth and richness in their work.
Visit Lazare Gallery to experience Russian Realism at it's best.

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Morning in Pereslavel by V. Skuridin
November 10, 2013 - April 30, 2014
Transcendent Treasures
Small Works and Recent Acquisitions

Visit Lazare Gallery to experience the enduring relevance and quality of Russian Realism and Impressionism.
Transcendent Treasures features small works by notable Surikov trained artists of the 20th century as well as new paintings acquired during a recent October trip to Moscow.
We welcome appointments.
Call 804-829-5001 to arrange a viewing.

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Seeking Hidden Treasures


Experience "Seeking Hidden Treasures" as we take you on a journey to artists studios in Moscow.

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Self Portrait by Yuri Kugach
March 21, 1917 - April 23, 2013
Yuri Petrovich Kugach
A Tribute

Recognized as one of the preeminent Russian artists of the 20th century,Yuri Kugach leaves the world a better place through his unwavering search for honesty and excellence in his paintings. He strove for aesthetic perfection by unraveling the language of beauty and transforming it into something useful. He was able to deepen representational art's spiritual and passionate depth at a time when these characteristics were largely abandoned elsewhere. Mr. Kugach also influenced younger generations of artists by playing an instrumental role in passing on master painting traditions. He and his beloved wife, Olga Svetlechnaya were founders of the renowned and still active Moscow River School. Yuri Kugach's paintings hang in major Russian Museums and private collections throughout the world. He was the recipient of numerous awards. He was treasured by his extended family & many friends including Lazare Gallery owners, John & Kathy. With gratitude, we remember and celebrate his life and works.

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Summer Day by Yuri Kugach

A Grand Epoch of Painting
Article by John Wurdeman

Why does mid 20th century Russian Realism consummate such a brilliant period in world art history. With insights gleaned through years of research and exposure to some the 20th century's most prominent Russian artists and art historians, John Wurdeman explores this fascinating subject.

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Opening of Yuri Kugach Retrospective in Moscow
Featuring paintings by Yuri Kugach and Moscow River School Artists

Experience the excitement of Yuri Kugach's legacy at the opening of a major retrospective and tribute to this beloved and revered artist.

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Herd by Gennady Korolev (1913 - 1995)

Reflecting on Traditions of Plein Air Russia
by John Wurdeman V, Artist
Plein Air Magazine, Spring 2011

As a student and graduate of Russia's premier Surikov Institute in Moscow, John Wurdeman,V brings a unique, informed perspective to why the development of Plein air painting in Russia parallels its western counterpart in many ways, but the aim of these artists, more often than not, was very different.

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Still Life with Georgian Vessels by I. Yatsenko
October 29, 2011 - January 31, 2012
Enchanted by Georgia
In Sighnaghi, The Republic of Georgia
At the Georgian National Museum

In the tradition of their rigorous art education, John Wurdeman, Ilya Yatsenko and Ivan Kugach, classmates and graduates of the prestigious Surikov Art Institute in Moscow have again come together to paint and share the results of their efforts. "Enchanted by Georgia" features works painted during their time together in the Republic of Georgia. Their paintings celebrate the rich culture and hospitality of this enchanting country and beloved home of John Wurdeman.

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Lecture at The American University
Katzen Art Museum


The Global Arts Network and the Humanities Council of Washington were proud sponsors of this lecture on the History of Russian Realism given by Historian of Russian Art, John Wurdeman

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Gala at the Embassy of the Russian Federation
Special Events
Photos of Kugach, Kugach, Kugach Opening Events
Including the Russian Embassy Gala and AUM Artist Reception

With much anticipation and enthusiasm, the Kugach family was recently welcomed to Washington DC. The festivities started with a gala dinner at the Embassy of the Russian Federation, benefiting Global Arts Network. The following evening, Mikhail Kugach talked about family paintings in the Kugach, Kugach, Kugach exhibition at the opening reception at American University Museum.

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Kathy and John at the Russian Art Fair
June 6th - 8th, 2009
Russian Art Fair
In London

Lazare Gallery was honored to participate in the vetted "Russian Art Fair" at the Jumeirah Carlton Towers, London. Devoted entirely to Russian Art, this unique fair united dealers and collectors from across the world with a stunning array of the finest works produced by Russian Artists over the last millennium.

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Now Available!
MASTER OF COLOR
The Life and Works of Vyacheslav Nikolaivich Zabelin

This greatly anticipated book
by art historian
Sergey Gavrilychenko is now available.

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RUSSIAN ART BLOG
Sponsored by Lazare Gallery

Lazare Gallery now sponsors a blog devoted to
bringing Russian art lovers up to date news and information
regarding important events occuring in the world of Russian art.

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