Resurrection Morning: A Review On Julia Bekhova’s Renaissance-Inspired Artworks

Julia Bekhova with one of her paintings entitled ‘Mother and Child – Silence’ from 2011.

Even if I have done it a few times in the past I’m not much in favour of covering contemporary artists here at Renegade Tribune for a number of reasons. This time however I have decided to make an exception with this Russian artist who I found kind of interesting, even if it was only for one of her works entitled Resurrection Morning (1997), probably due to the painting’s symbolist and evocative nature. I suppose that is what symbolism should be all about; the visual representation of emotions and concepts without the use of objective words, a language that in itself provokes an intangible response in the viewer but speaks directly to the emotional mind. I firmly believe that, in the realm of fine art, in order to achieve such results one must have a thorough knowledge on how light and shadow work according to their environment, that is noticeable in the aforementioned painting.

It becomes apparent at first sight that Julia Bekhova’s art is prominently influenced by Renaissance art, a fact which is evidenced by her Madonnas. In spite of her pictorial style, which contains many traces of contemporary illustration as seen in artworks such as Spring – Series Four Seasons (2008), some of her works could be placed alongside paintings by Italian artists from the aforementioned period in history such as Raphael or Bellini.

All in all, as for the gallery below is concerned, I have avoided including works by Bekhova which were too religious for my taste, giving way to the ones I found more relevant and interesting. I hope folks here appreciate them.

Short Biography

Julia Bekhova was born in 1964 in Saint Petersburg. In 1995 she graduated from the Saint Petersburg State Institute, Scholar of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture Ilya Repin, studying with professor and academic Andrei Mylnikov. Julia’s Degree Work is in the museum of the Academy. Two years after her graduation, she worked as an assistant professor at the A. Mylnikova Academy. She is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia since 1996. In the same year, she won the first prize in the Art contest “The Muses of St. Petersburg”.

Since 1999, Julia Bekhova is a member of the presidency of the Union of Artists of Russia. In 1999, she participated in the design of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. From 2001 to 2003 she participated in the painting of the city cathedral in Kursk. Since 2000 she has been a professor at the Ilya Repin Academy of Fine Arts, in the Department of Easel Painting. She has held permanent exhibitions at the Saint Petersburg Artists Union.

Sources: Por Amor al Arte blogspot and Academy of Russian Arts.

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