Russian Folk Art expresses the artistic
impulses of peasants and artisans to decorate their homes and
objects of daily use. It reflects both timeless traditions and
changing conditions in the Russian countryside, shows peasants'
responses to nature and their deep spiritual connection with natural
forces. The landscape of Russia, the rich variety of nature in all
seasons, the forests of birch trees and pines, the fields of flax
and grain provided the inspiration and the materials for generations
of folk artists. These men and women, woodcarvers, painters,
weavers, potters, and makers of ingenious toys, worked within their
peasant communities, using traditional materials and techniques but
adding touches of their own. Some artists became well known for
their special skills, and many signed and dated their creations.
Today folk art is preserved and exhibited in museums all over