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    MADRID, February 17th, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent Juan Kobo) - The Spanish city Salamanca known for its oldest European university is hosting an exhibition of Russian realism painters of the late 19th-early 20th century.

    The exhibition, Repin and Russian realism, includes 53 paintings from the Russian Museum of St. Petersburg.

    Among the paintings, there are works by 28 Russian realism painters, including portraits, landscapes and genre pieces by Repin, Kramskoi, Levitan, Surikov, Ge, Kuindzhi, Polenov, Perov, Savrasov, Shishkin, Makovsky, Pryanishnikov, Savitsky, Yaroshenko.

    Deputy Director of the museum Ivan Karlov said at the opening of the exhibition that the latter presented the best examples of Russian realism art.

    He spoke about aesthetic and ethical principles that guided the painters when depicting the life in Russia in all its manifestations.

    Karlov noted that the Russian museum was one of the two (along with the Tretyakov Gallery of Moscow) main keepers of the best works of Russian art, including sculpture, graphics and works of folk artistic trades.

    According to the Spanish organisers of the exhibition, the West, including Spain, knowing well and admiring the Russian avant-garde of the early 20th century, have re-discovered the masterpieces of the Russian classical art.

    The exhibition in Salamanca is to be opened till March 28th and is attracting a lot of visitors from Madrid and other Spanish cities.

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