Moscow to name streets after authors and painters

Moscow to name streets after authors and painters
The city will name streets after Silver Age painters and Soviet authors who wrote short stories about nature.

A street in the Krasnopakhorsky rural district of the Troitsky Administrative Area will be named after Arkhip Kuindzhi, a famous Russian 19th-century landscape painter. Another street in the same district will be named in honour of outstanding painter, stage designer and illustrator Ivan Bilibin. Portrait painter and graphic artist Konstantin Somov, who was Bilibin’s friend and made well-known portraits of poets Alexander Blok, Vyacheslav Ivanov and Mikhail Kuzmin and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, will have a street in his name close by. The naming will take place in 2017.

 Ivan Bilibin was a founder of the Mir Isskustva artistic association, which counted among its members Konsntantin Somov, Nikolai Rerikh, Alexander Benoit and Igor Grabar. Bilibin also founded the Union of Russian Artists, and drew illustrations for a great many fairy tales including “The Tale of Prince Ivan, The Firebird and the Grey Wolf," "Vasilisa the Beautiful," "The Frog Princess," "The Feather of Finist the Falcon” and "Marya Morevna.”

Kuindzhi and Bilibin streets will be the first of eight new toponyms that will be introduced in the Troitsky and Novomoskovsky administrative areas in 2017. All of these streets will be named after Silver Age landscape painters and Soviet naturalist authors.

The names were suggested by local residents and authorities, and were approved by the City Interdepartmental Naming Commission under the chairmanship of Deputy Moscow Mayor Leonid Pechatnikov.

Two more streets in the Krasnopakhorsky district will be named after Konstantin Bogayevsky and Vladimir Makovsky. The former was an artist known for creating the epic romantic landscape style. The artist spent his life drawing the Crimean seaside and attempting to rediscover the look of the ancient Cimmeria. As for the latter, Vladimir Makovsky was a member of the Wanderers artistic movement, who achieved renown for his depiction of the life of ordinary people and peasants. Makovsky also drew one of the most widely known grand portraits of Empress Maria Feodorovna.

Several streets in Troitsk will bear the names of Soviet authors who wrote short stories and novels about nature. One of them, Nikolai Sladkov, penned more than 60 books and co-hosted the News from the Forest radiobroadcast with writer Vitaly Bianki. Another author, Georgy Skrebitsky, wrote short stories for kids about the need to protect the environment and wildlife, which were published in the Murzilka Magazine and the Rodnaya Rech book for first-year school students.  The third street will honour the memory of researcher, traveller and prose writer Boris Zhitkov, author of adventure stories and novels about animals.