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GPN is very excited to offer prints of work by the The Hermitage Group of St. Petersberg, Russia. Trained in St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum, the artists were deeply influenced by the Old Masters as well as the Russian avant garde; their approach marginalized them from both the Social Realism of state­sanctioned art, and from the trends and ideological movements of the anti­Soviet underground. The group includes
 
  Albert Bakun,
  Alexander Daniel,
  Sergei Daniel,
  Boris Golovachov,
  Vladimir Obatnin,
  Mark Tumin,
Learn more about the artists at their web site: www.hermitagegroup.com.
 
"While the work is essentially conservative, its very traditionalism gives it substance which distances it from the warmed­over styles of most of the Russian artists we see nowadays. The very high quality of their work, in fact, reawakens the power of the past by making it viable in the present. It is, of course, a multiple past, one encompassing Titianesque atmosphere, Rembrandt's tonality, Repin's incisive precision, Van Gogh's high key angst, the rhythmic fracturing of cubism and futurism. But that very multiplicity makes the Hermitage Group quite up­to­date, indeed ­ dare I say it? Post Modern." -- Peter Frank