Kholuy miniature lacquer painting

A Kholuy miniature is a Russian folk handicraft of miniature painting, made with tempera on a varnished box of papier-mâché

'Easter festival' lacquer box by I. Sinkova
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 This form of Russian lacquer art is produced exclusively by students of the Kholuy school.

'In ambush', Savelicheva
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The Kholuy school of icon painting was founded in 1883.

'Shepherd' box
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The school continued the local handicraft of icon painting known since the 16th century, but after the Russian Revolution the icon painting workshops were closed.

'Kholui' box
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In the 1930s, a group of artists formed an association to open a workshop for miniature lacquer art, and a new school was opened in 1943.

Round Box 'Shepherd boy'
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Subjects for Kholuy miniatures vary from Russian fairy tales (e.g. Snowmaiden) to cities.

Russian laquered box from Kholui depicting the town of Suzdal
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Kholuy miniatures seem to be less bounded by tradition than the boxes from Palekh, Fedoskino and Mstyora.

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