I’m definitely a HUGE fan of art. This card shows a masterpiece by Russian landscape painter, Ivan Shishkin (1832-1898). It’s entitled The Mast-Tree Grove, a depiction of Russian nature. Shishkin is really great, if I may say, being able to capture such a scenery.
I really prefer realism over the abstract form of art. I do appreciate every work of art, but honestly, how a dot becomes art is beyond my grasp.
Alina sent the card during the time Russia was celebrating the Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week. It’s a religious and folk holiday. It’s quite interesting how a holiday becomes a mixture of pagan and Christian origin. The Pancake Week is both a sun festival and a celebration of Great Lent, when Christians are prohibited to eat meat.
Russian animals on stamps:
Interesting sticker of a Russian doll, a babushka if I’m not mistaken. Thanks Alina!