Nothing compares to the beauty of Russian countryside, with its white birch groves, tall red pines, rainbow-colored flower meadows and sparkle of the Golden Autumn. No wonder, then, that odes to Russian Nature have been sung by many a writer, poet and artist.
And nothing encapsulates the classic Russian countryside quite like the Oka River valley in the Tula Region, about 150 kilometers south of Moscow. That is the spot that Vasily Polenov, one of the most famous and prolific Russian painters, chose for his country home and studio in the late 19th century.
Today the lovely estate – now called Polenovo, after the artist – is a museum. Think of it as a scaled down Russian Giverny (French home of Claude Monet, of the “Water Lilies” fame): beautiful countryside, perpetually blooming garden and a rustic house. You can visit the artist’s studio (which Polenov called “the…
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