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December 14, 2018

Art promotes higher consciousness

Girl with Peaches, V. Serov, 1887.
Girl with Peaches, V. Serov, 1887.

Recently, a mile-long line of people stood for hours in subzero temperatures to see the retrospective exhibition of Russian impressionist painter Valentin Serov (1865-1911) at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. Feeding and warming tents were set up for those in line. There were so many visitors that the gallery had to eventually stop selling the tickets! Serov is well known in Russia. His outstanding deep psychological portraits and landscapes are executed with brilliant mastery. But exhibitions of other artists too had drawn huge crowds in recent years in Moscow. Why? Arts are valued and recognised in Russia. There is an understanding that art is a powerful resource to wellbeing and education and, therefore, to quality of life. Art illuminates and enriches people in terms of spirituality, higher consciousness and humanity. Some seek these illuminations and riches in religion, some find them in art. 'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on words of God,' says Bible. And for those 'words' of wisdom and inspiration people will continue to wait outside galleries, even in cold and snow. 


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