State historical-architectural, landscape and natural museum-preserve «Izborsk»
30 March 2016

On March, 29 at 15.00 p.m. an exhibition of paintings of Anna Kalashnikova-Root will be opened in the History Museum in the town of Pechory. The paintings are part of the collection of Izborsk Museum-Reserve. 

“The new exhibition can be considered the opening of the spring season,” comments Olga Vasilyeva, the curator of the art collection of Pskov Museum-Reserve. “Visitors will be able to see graphics and paintings of a true professional. We are grateful to her for preserving for us living over 100 years later the magnificent and diverse culture of the Pechory area.” 

We regret to say that we know far too little about the creative development of this fascinating artist. After the October revolution she lived in exile. However, from 1920 to 1940 she was actively participating in the cultural life of Estonia. Anna Kalashnikova took part in numerous exhibitions which testify to the fact that the Pechory area was and stayed her only true love. She would spend every summer in the vicinity of Pechory visiting trade fairs and festivities with a sketch book and an easel to hand. She made drawings of the peasants living in the area. She was hugely attracted to the national color of the Seto People which makes her art works interesting for modern ethnographers. 

“Her contemporaries recollected that she always liked to paint portraits of the Seto people. Her interest to the lifestyle and traditions of the Seto People provides us with an insight into the wide scope of interests of the Russian intelligentsia of the time,” - continues Olga Anatolyevna, “The museum collection contains her art works which an art critic would characterize as created with perfect taste and love for the model. This exhibition is a magnificent opportunity for museum visitors to look at the Russian border area life from a new and unexpected point of view.” 

Some background information about the artist: Anna Kalashnokova-Root (1885-1960) was born into the family of the Pskov merchant and philanthropist Peter Petrovich Kalashnikov. She finished Pskov gymnasium. Anna then studied art in St. Petersburg where her teachers were D.Kardovskiy and O.Braz. In 1919 she moved to Estonia. In 1925 she married N.F. Root, another artist. She was a member of a number of Russian artistic societies including “The Black Rose” (1920–1921) and «Sreda» (Wednesday”) (from 1924) in addition to a Professional Union of Russian Artists in Estonia (in the early 1920s) and of the New Union of Artists. With the latter she took part in exhibitions held in 1931, 1932 and 1936. She was a participant in the exhibition of Russian artists organized in Tallinn in 1928 to help the victims of flooding in the area near the Narova River and in Pechory district. She also participated in the First Russian exhibition in Tallinn (1931) of the exhibitions of paintings of Russian artists in Pechory and Narva (1933). She also used to work for “Oblaka” (“The Clouds”) Magazine. She took part in the exhibitions of Estonian Unions “Ars” (1920–1924) and the Union of Estonian artists (1927–1928).

The last years of her life were spent in Pechory where in 1943 her personal exhibition was organized. 

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