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Ballerinas In Blue, 1982 by Anna Merkylieva
, United States, Scottsdale
FLEISCHER FEATURES SELECTIONS FROM PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, June 15, 2000, … Fleischer Museum's current exhibit "Bright and Beautiful: Selections from Fleischer Museum" features paintings of American Impressionism, California School, 1890-1930's along with selections of Russian and Soviet Impressionism 1930-1980's.
In the late nineteenth century, formally trained, professional artists who traveled and painted internationally before settling in the West initiated an art style blending American and European elements in California. Characterized by plein air painting, their canvases depict the abundance of sunlight and brilliantly colored landscapes. Among the American Impressionists galleries are new Fleischer acquisitions by Donna Schuster, George Koch, John Stacey, Geza Kende and Conrad Buff.
The north gallery is dedicated to Russian and Soviet Art. From the late 1930s, the Soviet Union commissioned its preeminent artists to create on canvas the Utopia they believed Communism would achieve. For more than 40 years, these artists painted with passion, making their contribution to furthering the cause. They represent works that are bold, beautiful and steeped with light. The subject matters range from bucolic vistas, and industrialized scenes to sensitive portraits and still lifes. Many glorify the common laborer: steelworkers, farmers, while others depict family and social life.
Fleischer Museum opened as the first museum dedicated to the paintings of American Impressionism, California School, 1890-1930's and now extends its collection to include Russian Impressionism from the Cold War Era. The Fleischer, which displays the private collection of Morton and Donna Fleischer, serves as a cultural and educational contribution to the community. Free to the public, Fleischer periodically features special exhibits of renowned artists' paintings and sculptures and performances of the fine arts. The museum is open seven days a week, excluding holidays, and offers tours to local school classes and to the public by appointment. Fleischer Museum is located in the Perimeter Center near the northwest corner of Pima and East Bell Roads. Please call (480) 585-3108 for directions.