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Welcome to Lazare Gallery

View of gallery from upstairs.
View of gallery from upstairs.
"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

Welcome to Lazare Gallery

"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.

Old Well on the Square by N Dubovik
Old Well on the Square by N Dubovik
October 24, 2015 - February 29, 2016

Two Generations
One Tradition

Nikolai Dubovik & Olga Belakovskaya
Kolya Dubovik & Aleksandra Khaneeva

The Staff at Lazare Gallery is pleased to host one of Russian's most prominent living artists, Nikolai Dubovik
for the opening of our Fall 2015 Exhibition on
October 24th from 3-6.
Mr. Dubovik is at the forefront of today's Russian Plein Air movement. As an esteemed artist and professor at the famed Surikov Institute in Moscow, Nikolai brings together the tradition of academic training from previous centuries, coupled with extreme talent. Accompanying Mr. Dubovik is his wife Olga Belakovskaya , also a graduate of the Surikov Institute. Olga has garnered multiple awards and has been teaching at the Art College of 1905 since 1996.
The two are joined by their son Kolya Dubovik and his wife Aleksandra Khaneeva. Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet and view paintings by these four beloved artists.
To view the exhibition on other dates, we welcome appointments.
Call 804-829-5001 or email

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Painting Workshop at Lazare Gallery
Painting Workshop at Lazare Gallery
October 25, 2015

Master Plein Air Painting Workshop

Featuring Nikolai Dubovik and Olga Belakovskaya

Join famed Surikov Art Institute professor Nikolai Dubovik and the accomplished Olga Belakovskaya as they share their painting techniques and insights. Assisted by two award winning Surikov graduates, Kolya Dubovik and Aleksandra Khaneeva, the day is sure to be informative and inspiring.

Cost: $85 Payable the day of the seminar by check made out to Lazare Gallery

Register by Email: (attendance will be limitied so sign up early)

All levels of artists are encouraged to attend.

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May 3 - October 15, 2015

Nikolai Sergeyev (1908 - 1989)

Featured in Lazare Gallery's Masterworks Series

Trained in the classical tradition of the old masters, Nikolai Sergeyev not only built on tradition in his paintings but also added a poetic quality. His art proves that Russia had artists who were not swayed by the fashions of the day or time. Nikolai had independent views on art. He depicted reality sincerely and in a true to life manner. He did not think up loud innovations for the sake of market success. He worked hard, studying prototypes profoundly and emotionally. When viewing Sergeyev's landscapes, one senses, above all, the spiritual purity and clarity of the artist's vision.
Visit Lazare Gallery to experience Nikoli Sergeyev's sublime plein air paintings.

Opening reception on
Sunday May 3, 2016 from 2:30 to 5:30
or for other dates, call 804-829-5001 or email to set up a private tour.

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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
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.

Yuri P. Kugach Biography

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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Gala at the Embassy of the Russian Federation
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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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

Lecture Video
Summer Day by Yuri Kugach
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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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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Still Life with Georgian Vessels by I. Yatsenko
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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Herd by Gennady Korolev (1913 - 1995)
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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Kathy and John at the Russian Art Fair
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!


The Life and Works of Vyacheslav Nikolaivich Zabelin

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

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