Gomel oblast lies to the southeast of Belarus and borders on Briansk oblast /Russia/, Kiev , Chernigov and Zhitomir oblasts /Ukraine/.

The territory of Gomel oblast is 40,400 square kilometers. One third of the territory is covered with forests; the biggest rivers – the Dnepr, the Sozh, the Berezina and the Pripiat – are the most important navigable ways of Belarus .

There is the national park Pripiatskiy and the Polesye radiation-ecological reserve in the oblast.

Today there are 23 museums and 4 theaters and philharmonic societies in Gomel oblast numbers.

The region has 2,540 monuments, 1,360 of them are monuments of history and culture, 140 – of architecture and 1,040 – of archeology. And if the latter /they include ancient settlements and burial places/ are of interest only to archeologists and historians, the other places stir deep interest of the people who appreciate architectural masterpieces and are fond of the Belarusian history.

Paintings of Belarusian and Russian artists on display in Gomel on 19 September

GOMEL, 19 September (BelTA) – An exhibition of still life paintings of Belarusian and Russian artists from the funds of the National Art Museum of Belarus and the Gomel Palace and Park Ensemble will open in Gomel on 19 September, BelTA learnt from Tatyana Litvinova, Head of the Art Department at the Gomel Palace and Park Ensemble.

The exhibition is a peculiar one, as for the first time the museum will display so many still life paintings of renowned artists at a time. “A popular phrase says that “artists are the eyes of mankind”, so the visitors of our exhibition will have a wonderful opportunity to see the beauty of the world around us from different perspectives through the eyes of well known artists,” Tatyana Litvinova noted.

The exposition will feature more than 50 paintings by Ivan Khrutsky, for whom still life painting was perhaps the most favorite genre, Ilya Mashkov, Vitaly Tsvirko, Gavriil Vashchenko, Yelena Mashkovtseva, Valeriana Zholtok, and others.

If we draw a parallel between painting and music, still life painting will be akin to a short piece of music. This kind of painting appeals to many artists, as it is a sort of creative laboratory that helps to unriddle the secret of fascination of living. “It is pleasant to realize that our country is the motherland of many renowned artists painting in a realistic manner. To my mind, this became possible due to our fascinating nature, Belarusian painting traditions, and the popularity of this genre,” Tatyana Litvinova underlined.

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