Nikolai Platonovich Andreyev (1882 - 1947) was an outstanding Russian photographer whose name is associated with the history of Russian pictorialism. With the help of retouching, toning, finishing, coloring and various printing techniques, as well as chemical ways of affecting the image, Pictorialists erased the boundary between photography and painting.
The exhibition presents Andreev's works in the context of Russian painting of the second half of the 19th century and the early 20th century. Comparison of photographs with Apollinariy Vasnetsov's picturesque sketches of clouds or Nikolai Krymov's "landscape-table" shows that the Pictorialists, as well as some of their contemporaries-painters, were focused on the search for optimal solutions, when direct impressions from nature were just material for creating some kind of ideal picture. In Andreyev's art the value of photography as a "document of time" completely disappears and, looking at his works, the viewer looks practically at pictures, that is, he looks at what is in the present without the circumstances of the past tense.