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Russian Album

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Moscow (Printed and published)

  • Date:

    2001 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Florensky, Alexander, born 1960 (artist)
    Guelman (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2G, shelf DR83, box MP334

Alexander Florensky began his career in the 1980s as a traditional painter and illustrator but turned to conceptual art in the 1990s joining the satirical Mitki group. His Russian Album is an ironic take on the popular Russian taste for copies of nineteenth-century history paintings in the style of the 'Wanderers' school of social realists. For his purpose Florensky has adopted the idiom of the Lubok or folk print which depicted narrative, moral or satirical subjects and flourished in Russia into the early twentieth century. The accompanying CD shows animated versions of the prints.

Physical description


Place of Origin

Moscow (Printed and published)


2001 (made)


Florensky, Alexander, born 1960 (artist)
Guelman (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint on paper

Marks and inscriptions

bottom left in pencil

(in cyrillics), bottom right in pencil

Stamped on the back, bottom right, in red ink


Height: 78.8 cm, Width: 53.9 cm

Descriptive line

The Pretender to the Throne Princess Tarakanova Meets Her End in the Prison During the Flood of 1777, from The Russian Album. Alexander Florensky, 2001.

Labels and date

These prints together make up The Russian Album. The scenes parody the sentimental, morally edifying tone of the paintings that were displayed in Soviet classrooms and public buildings. Alexander Florensky is a member of the satirical Mitki group and here has adopted the primitive folk style of the lubok, a Russian popular print with a moral or humorous message. [22/10/2016]


Paper; Ink; Printing ink


Screenprinting; Screenprint

Subjects depicted

Prisons; Rats; Princesses; Floods



Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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