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The personal painting exhibition “Close Europe” by a member of the Union of Artists of St. Petersburg Sergei Opuls in the Italian Palace, part of the Kronstadt Fortress branch of the Central Naval Museum named after Emperor Peter the Great, aroused great interest among residents and guests of Kronstadt.

The famous St. Petersburg painter Sergei Opuls, whose personal exhibition last year began the exposition life of temporary exhibitions in the Italian Palace, presents the audience with forty paintings, which depict Europe, close to the artist.

An exquisite accent to the art event is given by the place of the exposition – two magnificent halls of the Italian Palace in Kronstadt.

The topic of the exhibition seems to be especially relevant, because this year many tourists stayed at home and were deprived of the opportunity to travel anywhere. On the presented canvases, landscapes of Eastern, Central and Northern Europe painted from nature.

The name of S. Opuls’ exhibition should be understood literally. All works are the result of a deeply personal perception of European reality at different periods of the artist’s life. As F.M. Dostoevsky:

“To get something original, you need to talk about something deeply personal.” This is exactly what happens every time when S. Opuls creates his natural works in interaction with the European landscape and the creations of human genius: cities, castles, temples.

Through Belarusian churches and castles, moving to the West, the viewer enters the Lithuanian fields, Polish Gdansk, Czech Prague, castles in Germany and Switzerland.

The admirer of the sea element S. Opuls always depicts the homeland of his Latvian ancestors Riga and the seaport of Hamburg – the twin city of St. Petersburg. Riga is the port of the artist’s youth, where he visited while studying at the art school named after P.P. Benkov in Tashkent, and in Hamburg, the young painter was invited by German gallery owners in the nineties.

The painter dreamed of visiting Northern Europe in his youth, when he lived in hot Central Asia, and the dream came true not so long ago at individual plein airs in Norway and Finland, where the artist was at the invitation of friends.

The artist believes that each visitor to the exhibition will be able to find his own European corner among forty works, which will be in tune with his heart, and interaction with the paintings in the halls of the Italian Palace will once again evoke memories and a desire to travel.

The exhibition will run until November 21, 2020.

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