Lacquer paintings by Sergey Knyazev
Fantastic world of the tale Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen painted on this lacquer box. Alongside with beautiful painting, the miniature painting amazes with its three-dimensional effect. The master achieves this effect with the help mother-of-pearl inlays that shine with a variety of undertones. Besides, it is lustrous gold and silver metal leaf inlays, silver powder, gold paint and a special layer upon layer method of painting. The author of these brilliant artworks is Sergey Knyazev who lives in the old Russian city of Vladimir. He studied design and decoration in the art college of Ivanovo. And his favorite style is Russian lacquer art Fedoskino. Sergey paints in oils, and combines design, oil painting, fantasy, paper mache and gold leaf.
An exquisite portrait of a young girl in traditional Russian attire. Her rich dress and expensive jewels say that she is the daughter of a noble boyar. She isn’t married as her head is covered with the bright red ribbon decorated with large pearls, but not with a kokoshnik that is a typical head-dress of married women in ancient Russia. The girl depicted here embodies the Russian ideal of female beauty. Thick eyebrows and eyelashes, big blue eyes, red fleshy lips and pink cheeks have been always the standards of female beauty in Russia.