Still lifes and landscapes on display in Aquarelle metro train

Still lifes and landscapes on display in Aquarelle metro train
Moscow metro passengers will be able to enjoy reproductions of about 50 watercolour paintings.

The Moscow Metro has relaunched the Aquarelle train on the Arbatsko-Porkovskaya Line with an updated design. Passengers will now be able to enjoy vivid still lifes and landscapes depicting springtime.

About two million people use the metro’s Blue Line each day, and they will now have a chance to see these paintings.

“The Aquarelle (or watercolour) train has become a favourite of residents and tourists. This year, the train will celebrate its tenth anniversary. The new design is consistent with the train’s overall concept, since the reproductions are watercolour paintings,” Deputy Moscow Metro Head for communications Alexei Ilyinykh said.

“Since the Aquarelle train will be running on the Arbatsko-Porkovskaya Line, passengers inspired by the paintings can stop at the Ploshchad Revolyutsii station and visit a watercolour exhibit at the nearby Manezh Exhibition Hall starting 6 April. There will be workshops on applied art there, from masonry to glass painting and mosaics,” the press service said.

The Aquarelle Train originally entered service on the Blue Line on 1 June 2007. Since then, passengers have been enjoying masterpieces from the collections of the State Russian Museum, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the Vyatka Art Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, Borodino Battle Museum Panorama, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and many others.

The last exhibition was called Painting a City, and featured works celebrating the capital of Russia provided by the Museum of Moscow, including reproductions by Apollinary Vasnetsov. He was a master of historical landscapes and one of the main painters of ancient Moscow cityscapes who used archaeological and documentary materials in his work. The exhibition also included watercolours by Nikolay Makovsky, Vasily Surikov and Vladimir Aralov.

The Aquarelle train is not the only themed train on the Moscow Metro. There is a Legends of Cinema train on the Circle Line that celebrates the Moscow International Film Festival. The Red Arrow train runs on the Sokolnicheskaya Line. There is also a train celebrating the 80th anniversary of Soyuzmultfilm animation studio on the Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line, as well as the Plekhanovets Train that was launched recently to mark the 110th anniversary of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.