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January 22, 2022

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For the first time in City Museum Vrsac: Exhibition „The Brilliance of Russian Painters“

The exhibition “The Brilliance of Russian Painters”, which will be open today (January 22) at the Vrsac City Museum, presents to the Serbian public, for the first time, works from the private collection of Vladimir Peshich by Russian artists who, in the period between the two wars, mostly worked on the territory of Serbia.

Vladimir Peshich’s Collection consist of paintings and works of applied art, primarily by Russian and Serbian artists, as well as works by foreign artists, icons, and unique ivory antiques.

“ Vladimir Peshich has been collecting paintings carefully and for a long time. His collections is constantly growing and part of it, which is exhibited in Vrsac, presents, among others, works by Stepan Fedorovich Kolesnikov and his enigmatic portrait of Princess Mafalda of Savoy; then 4 paintings by Nikolai Dmitrievich Kuznetsov, an artist who lived and worked in Vrsac and about whom the famous artist Ily Repin said the most beautiful words; then the work “Bogatir Dobrinya Nikitich” by Konstantin Konstatinovich Kuznetsov with a thank-you letter to Olga, Nikola and Beba Tabakovich, signed by the Russian cavalry general Nikolai Nikolayevich Baratov”, as people from City Museum Vrsac pointed out.

Serbian art lovers can enjoy the painting “Miners” by Kharitonov Nikolai Vasilyevich, then the works of Maikovsky Ippolit Danilovich, “Russian Troika” by Petr Petrovich Sokolov, landscapes by Alexander Ivanovich Lazhechnikov, Vladimir Pavlovich Zelinsky and Nikolai Krivoshein.

“The Brilliance of Russian painters” exhibition presents also icons painted by Russian icon painters in the late ХIХ and early ХХ century.

Part of the exposition is dedicated to Branislav Maksimovich, grandfather of Vladimir Peshich, who was born in Vrsac. Together with his brothers, in the thirties of the last century, he founded the university quartet „Brothers Maksimovich“. This quartet achieved significant success outside the borders of the former Yugoslavia, especially in the United States, where in 1936 they recorded a dozen records. The portrait of Branislav Maksimovich, which is also part of the exhibition, was done by Igor Vasiliev, the son of Russian emigrants, a great artist of unfortunate destiny.

“ Vladimir Peshich developed a fondness for art in his family. He came to Moscow as a child, where he got to know Soviet artists and got to visit famous museums together with his father Dusan Peshich, a top journalist and famous correspondent of the newspaper “Politika”. He lived in Moscow from 1983 to 1997, where he finished not only high school, but also the Faculty of Foreign Languages. During the past years, Vladimir Peshich became an internationally acclaimed collector. He is a member of The International Confederation of Collectors, Antique & Art Dealers of Russia and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), CINOA (The International Confederation of Art & Antique Dealer Associations engaged in the conservation, protection and promotion of antiques and art works) and DAS (Society of Antique Dealers of Serbia)”, it is stated in the announcement.

The exhibition will be opened today at 5 pm in the City Museum of Vrsac by museum advisor Nikola Kusovac, and it will stay opened for the visitors until February 27.