The Fleischer Exhibitions
Hidden Treasures - Russian and Soviet Impressionism
1930s - 1970s

The following has been extracted from the brochure used during the exhibition.

Alexei Belykh, Young Timber Cutters 83" x 72" o/c (detail)

Hidden Treasures: Russian and Soviet Impressionism 1930s-1970s represents the largest collection of museum quality Soviet and Russian art to be exhibited in a private American museum.

Fedor Shapaev, Not Far from the Motherland o/c, 48.5" x 78" (detail)
From the late 1930s, the Soviet Union commissioned its preeminent artists to create on canvas the Utopia they believed Communism would achieve. For more than 40 years, these artists painted with passion, making their contribution to furthering the cause. For this reason, this art has an inherent honesty that confirms its unique historical importance.

Erik Rebane, Into a New Life: The Virgin Lands, o/c, 63"x54" (detail)
Representing the work of some 75 artists, the subject matter ranges from bucolic vistas and industrialized scenes to sensitive portraits and still lifes. Many glorify the common laborer: steelworkers, farmers, milkmaids, and loggers; while others depict family and social life, with a few portraying political figures. Any political message is obscured or lost altogether in most of these paintings, which stand on their own artistic merit and historical significance.

Semon Rotnitski, Seryogo, o/c, 34" x 39" (detail)

Konstantin Dorokhov, September, o/c, 51" x 79" (detail)
Hidden from Western eyes throughout the Cold War era, this exhibition, and companion book, represent works that are bold, beautiful and steeped with light. The artistic quality of the works clearly show the mastery the artists attained.

Exhibition Catalogue


Hidden Treasures: Russian and Soviet Impressionism, 1930 - 1970s
ISBN #0-9617882-5-9
~ Text by Vern Grosvenor Swanson

Exhibition Reviews

  • The Loveland Daily Reporter Herald Newspaper, March 12-13, 1994
    Hidden Treasures, Russian and Soviet Impressionism
    Museum features Loveland sculptor

  • From the Ashes, The Valley Arts Review, February-March 1994
    Gallery Profiles, Fleischer Museum
    Hidden Treasures

    by Jessie Benton Evans
  • From the Ashes, The Valley Arts Review, February-March 1994
    Gallery Reviews
    by Don Gray
  • Scottsdale Progress Newspaper
    Museum scores cultural coup
    by Rachel Sacco
  • Arizona Business Gazette - January 13, 1994
    Museum exhibit celebrates Russian Impressionism
    by Carol LeMaster
  • Delta Sky magazine, Communique, January 1994
    Worth noting section
  • Arizona Republic - January 21, 1994
    Russian Cultural Festival highlights music, arts and education
    by Tiffany Zachry
  • Phoenix Gazette - January 15, 1994
    Exhibit of Russian art unveils impressions of Soviet ideals
    by Lynn Pyne
  • Scottsdale Airpark News, February 1994
    Two Exhibits At Fleischer Museum
  • Scottsdale Progress, January 18, 1994
    Authentic Russian dinner kicks off art exhibit
    Tripp around the town
    by Steve Tripp
  • Scottsdale Life - January 13, 1994
    'Hidden Treasures' focuses on era of Russian impressionism
    by Jennifer Franklin
  • Scottsdale/Foothills Community Gazette - January 21, 1994
    A view of Soviet life, Exhibit includes works of 77 Russian impressionists
    by Tiffany Zachry