Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kazakh National Ornamentation

This stuff is from an old book (1939) about ornamentation of the Kazakh people.  Kazakhs are cousins of Tatars.  Their language is a Turkic language and similar to modern spoken Tatar.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Wild Russia - The Truly Wild Side

Wild Russia - The Truly Wild Side
National Geographic HD
These documentaries of nature in Russia are beautiful.
The Secret Forest

Tukay at Pushkin Museum

Pushkin Museum Highlights Tatar Poet Gabdulla... by NTDTV

Crimean Tatar with Horse

Konchalovsky - Tatar Still Life

Petr Konchalovsky's exceptionally rare, pre-revolutionary painting Tatar Still Life, dated 1916 is estimated at £500,000-700,000.
It first belonged to influential Polish art critic Waldemar George who presented the painting as a wedding gift to Louis Gautier-Chaumet, editor-in-chief of "La Presse" newspaper, where George served as art critic. The still life was executed at the height of Konchalovsky's creative output, several years after he founded the Jack of Diamonds artists' society, which pioneered the Russian avant-garde.
Konchalovsky and his peers were deeply influenced by the works of Paul Cézanne, and their innovative form of Russian Cézannism finds its most vivid expression in this distinctive work of art.

Vladmir Makovsky - Artist

The artist, selling old stuff to Tatar (Artist’s Studio), Vladimir Makovsky

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Modern Tatar Art

"Tatar culture is the northern branch of common Muslim culture, which till the 20th century was mainly oriented to ornamental adornment of family life, national costume, and spiritual culture spheres, such as book adorning art and shamails (decorated sayings which were taken from Koran and made in arabic calligraphy) creature.
From the beginning of the 20th century firstly by means of Tatar periodical press (drawing), then by art education (Kazan Art School), the ideas and practice of Europe and Russian Decorative arts start to extend. Human being image is the core of this trend.
The 70-80th of the last century is the flourishing of Tatar realist decorative arts. In the end of the 20th century Tatar population art instilled into Tatarstan art and as a result all main tendencies of Tatar van-guard and modernist style has got large development."

Sergio Quijada - "Tatar Horseman"

From a series titled "Warriors in Art", this is Sergio Quijada's portrayal of a "Tatar Horseman".   In this sense the term "Tatar" is as 'Mongol" or "Golden Horde".   This angry guy is Not a Tatar of Tatarstan!

Boris Michaelovich - The Tatar Carpet Merchant

Продавец ковров (Татарин). 1920. 

Кустодиев Борис Михайлович [1878 - 1927]