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Watching the Seasons

It takes extreme dedication to paint year-round en plein air, facing the elements without the comforts of a roof over your head, heat in the winter or air-conditioning in the summer. The Russian artist Yuriy Vasilyevich Demiyanov has faced this challenge with a level of energy and ingenuity that can be seen and felt in his landscapes. His paintings trace a seasonal cycle from the fresh green buds of spring through the brilliant warmth of summer sun, migrating to fall and finally to the violet shadows caught falling across new fallen snow.

Because only small parts of Russia lie south of 50 degrees north latitude, and more than half the country is north of 60 degrees north latitude, extensive regions experience six months of snow cover. Most places in Russia experience only two seasons—summer and winter—with short intervals of moderation in between, making this artist’s achievements all the more impressive.

Russian Roots

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