Size:(H)91 x (W)115 cm
Medium:Oil on Canvas
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Grafov paints the view from the Sobornaya Hill in the tiny town of Plyos – one of Russia’s smallest.
Ples was founded in 1410 by Prince Vasily the First as a fortress on the Volga, protecting Moscow and Volga towns. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Ples’s natural beauty attracted a new industry, tourism, and many famous painters, including Repin and Levitan.
In this painting, the river glistens among the dark hills dotted with spiky rooftops, church domes and ancient fir-trees. This view is one of Russia’s most recognized images and exquisitely painted by Vitali Grafov.