Restoring the broken tradition

Brest’s Saved Art Treasures Museum presents Dmitry Stelletsky’s Boayrs diptych
Few Belarusians are aware of Stelletsky’s work, although he is famous across Western Europe and Russia. Born in Brest, in 1875, the current exhibition is the first in his homeland.



Boyars is part of Belgazprombank’s corporate collection and has been in Brest (a cultural capital of Belarus) for some time. Ales Sukhodolov, a leading specialist with Belgazprombank’s Information Policy Department, is confident that Stelletsky’s heritage is of exceptional value. He notes, “The artist often addressed historical topics, and was a bright representative of Russian modernism. We are reviving familiarity with his creativity and restoring the broken tradition.”

Stelletsky was a son of a military engineer, who arrived in Brest-Litovsk (as Brest was called at that time) to reconstruct the famous fortress. He later left the city of his birth forever, going to St. Petersburg to study. Together with Roerich, Bakst, Vrubel and Benois, he was a member of the World of Art Association. From 1914, he created works in Paris.

His pieces are to be found at the Tretyakov Gallery, at the Russian Museum and, even, within Russian regional museums. Alongside Boayrs, Belarus owns The Night of St. John (depicting Kupalle celebrations) and The Fairy-tale. Both were bought at auction in London, in 2013 and 2014.

By Victor Korobov

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