Gallery began with two pictures bought in 1856 by
Moscow industrialist Pavel
Tretyakov who continued to collect works of the talented compatriots
throughout his life and in 1892 handed over his entire collection to
the city government
as a gift. Today the Gallery owns over 57,000 pieces of art.
works of the Russian painters spanning the
11-19 century from sacred icons to stunning portrait
and landscape art to the famous Russian Realists' paintings are represented in
the Old Tretyakov Gallery, housed in the building that once belonged
to Pavel Tretyakov.
And the New Tretyakov Gallery, housed in the
Central Club of Artist, introduces to its visitors modern
Russian Art from the 1920s through today, encompassing
pieces from the Socialist Realist, Modern,and Postmodern periods.
State Tretyakov Gallery (Old): the main entrance to the Gallery with a
monument to its founder, Pavel Tretyakov, in front of it