Russian visions of Arabian nights

Beautiful valley.

Beautiful valley.

Press Photo/Ekaterina Shuster
‘Dreams of Shaherezade,’ an exhibition by Russian artist Ekaterina Shuster is being held at the State Museum of Oriental Art in Moscow.

Moscow-born artist, Ekaterina Shuster studied academic drawing, graphics and Batik for three years at the School of Architecture and Design and the Institute of Business and Design.

Rebirth. Source: Press Photo/Ekaterina Shuster

The artistic director of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Joseph Backstein and American graphic designer Michael Sorkin taught her drawing.

Swimmer. Source: Press Photo/Ekaterina Shuster

As an artist, Shuster began by painting on silk, and then switching to graphics and oil works.

Waterplace. Source: Press Photo/Ekaterina Shuster 

The ‘Dreams of Shaherezade’ project was the result of Shuster’s combination of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous symphonic suite ‘Scheherezade’ and her personal life experiences.

Beautiful valley. Source: Press Photo/Ekaterina Shuster

“It is important to get in tone, feel the music, choose the right pitch, enjoy the atmosphere and portray a musical theme in painting with passion,” Shuster says.

Eastern Beauty. Source: Press Photo/Ekaterina Shuster

The artist is inspired by Shaherezade, a legendary queen and the storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights.

South coast. Source: Press Photo/Ekaterina Shuster

 “I think, the illustration of musical scores in paintings is a great opportunity to express my feelings and to convey through paintings what the music dictates,” Shuster adds.

South night. Source: Press Photo/Ekaterina Shuster

The artwork reflects the inner world of Shaherezade, who lives in the palace of Sultan.

Legend about bloom. Source: Press Photo/Ekaterina Shuster

The dilemma of choosing between freedom and life in a golden prison is the artist’s leitmotiv. 

Longing for family. Source: Press Photo/Ekaterina Shuster

Subscribe to RBTH's Asia-related content

* indicates required

 

All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

More exciting stories and videos on Russia Beyond's Facebook page
Read more

This website uses cookies. Click here to find out more.

Accept cookies