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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A Dancer's Artistry on Canvas

The work of Yury Zhdanov, who was best known as a principal at the Bolshoi Theater for 30 years, is the subject of a new exhibit highlighting the dancer's ability on canvas.

Zhdanov, who died in 1986 at the age of 60, captivated audiences worldwide dancing opposite the great Galina Ulanova in Leonid Lavrovsky's production of "Romeo and Juliet."

But after dancing, painting was Zhdanov's passion.

Zhdanov's drawings and paintings, which are on display in the exhibition hall of TsDRI (Central House of Workers in the Arts), embrace different periods in the artist's life from his early views of Prague and Paris to his later portraits of famous dancers.

The display features a beautiful series of views of Paris, Prague, Geneva and other cities painted in oil. The canvases "Prague at Night," "Caribbean Sea" and "Fishing Harbor in the Hague" are portrayed in a soft impressionistic manner reminiscent of Konstantin Korovin and Valentin Serov, Russian masters from the beginning of the century.

Among the portraits, the most remarkable are "Ballerina Maya Plisetskaya as Juliet" and "Galina Ulanova Before Coming Out on Stage."

Zhdanov's bright palette resulted in the most eye-catching works of the exhibit, which include tempera cityscapes of Venice and Milan.

Aside from Zhdanov's own works, the exhibit includes photographs of him in performance and rehearsal.

"Yury Zhdanov. Paintings and Graphics" runs until Feb. 7. It is open every day from noon to 7 p.m. at TsDRI at 9 Pushechnaya Ulitsa. Admission is free. Tel. 928-7491. Metro: Kuznetsky Most.