March 2018


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 41 March 2013

Arts and crafts

Alieva Olga O.

PhD student and Senior Tutor, Chair of Drawing.
Research supervisor: (Art Studies), Professor E.V. Borshch,
Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts,
Ekaterinburg, Russia, e-mail: olg.alieva2012@yandex.ru



Stone texture plays a significant part in the imagery of polychrome assembled stone artworks. This genre of national stone-cutting art has developed its own traditions in the use of stone texture. Carl Fabergé played an important role in the history of national anthropomorphic assembled stone plastic arts and in the development of techniques involving the use of stone texture. Texture was an important means in the creation of artistic images in stone at the House of Fabergé. Texture patterns simulated textile patterns, stained clothes of the characters, etc. Of the stones with pronounced texture, the stone-cutters mainly used jasper with its picturesque stains or strips, lazurite featuring fine speckles, and rhodonite. Monochrome stones would also be often used for creating strict, pedantic images, for example, military characters. The stone-cutters of the House of Fabergé were able to understand and appreciate stone’s specificity and pattern, spotting an artistic idea in it and combining the image thus created with the material’s properties.

In the stone-cutting plastic art of A.K. Denisov-Uralsky, polychrome assembled stone artworks occupy an important place. Besides a number of anthropomorphic sculptures, this Ural artist created a range of figurines of animals and birds, in which he took advantage of the material’s texture.

The Soviet artist V.V. Konovalenko followed Fabergé’s traditions and employed that artist’s stone texture techniques in his art. Moreover, he expanded the palette of materials used, enriching his artworks with expressive textures.

Polychrome assembled stone plastic arts, still being a popular stone-cutting genre, continue employing stone texture patterns. However, contemporary stone-cutters do not confine themselves to this well-established technique. They tend to take full advantage of all the artistic virtues of stone, using them as a basis for developing the imagery of their artworks.


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Key words: miniature plastic arts, stone texture, stone cutting art

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