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21st November 2023

Nineteenth-century Russian art matches the literature of the period with its narratives and realism. Many paintings, such as the The Aristocrat's Breakfast (1849-50) by Pavel Fedotov (1815-52), are short stories in themselves, the visual equivalent of the works of the famous masters of the form such as Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Chekhov. Unsurprisingly, publishers have never been short of images to put on the covers of Russian classics. (There is some background to Fedotov and his work here.)

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