Harlequin and Columbina: Tretyakov Gallery to display Silver Age graphics

Harlequin and Columbina: Tretyakov Gallery to display Silver Age graphics
Konstantin Somov. Harlequin and the Lady. 1912
The exhibition consists of more than 200 works of art.

On 23 November, at the State Tretyakov Gallery the opening will take place of Silver Age Harlequins: Konstantin Somov, Nikolai Sapunov and Serge Sudeikin”, an exhibition dedicated to Harlequin, one of the key images associated with early 20th century art. 

Exhibits include graphics by three major artists of the Silver Age. Visitors will get an opportunity to view around 150 works of art by Konstantin Somov, almost 60 paintings by Nikolai Sapunov and approximately 30 creations by Serge Sudeikin from the gallery’s collection.

Harlequin and the Lady by Konstantin Somov is one of the most colourful gems of the exhibition. The artist’s imagination takes us to a rackety masquerade ball. The lady and the gentleman dressed up in carnival costumes are coyly embracing in the shadow of trees while other guests are celebrating in the background.

Silver Age artists often used the Harlequin character as a metaphor of the zeitgeist at the time. He embodies the intoxicating and bitter irony of late 19th and early 20th century culture. In their works of art, one of the most interesting periods in Russian history is presented on the one hand as something colourful and diverse but on the other hand both merry and tragic.

The exhibition will be on up to 19 May 2019 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm as well as on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 9 pm.