Privet again, Belmodo.be readers!
Here is the second part of our post about OMSK ICONS who are key personalities in Russian art & culture who OMSK pays tribute to through the collections.
This SS2012 season, we used the image of one of Russia's greatest playwriters and physicians: Anton Chekhov (1860-1904). Chekhov is often called 'the Russian Maupassant' and is considered to be one of the best short-story writers in the history of literature.
Chekhov wrote about ordinary people who lived even less ordinary lives. The human life was central to his stories which revolved around the working class, the wage-earning proletariat and their seemingly insurmountable problems, unfulfilled dreams and aspirations. Through his writings, he advocated just an equitable treatment of the less fortunate and strived to raise their lot.
In 1897 Chekhov suffered a lungs hemorrhage. He was persuaded to enter a clinic, where the doctors diagnosed tuberculosis and ordered a change in his style of life. Chekhov bought land on the outskirts of Yalta in Ukraine and built a house there where he moved with his mother and sister the following year.
Anton Chekhov & Léon Tolstoy in Chekhov's house in Yalta
I have been reading Anton Chekhov since I was a teenager and I sincerely love his work. Our SS2012 collection is called OMSK/YALTA as we decided to pay respect to the beauty of the Yalta which was often called the Saint Tropez of the Eastern Block and to Anton Chekhov who wrote many of his chef-d'oeuvres there.
You can find this t-shirt on our online shop in the mens section: www.omsk-belgium.com
We could not resist to print 'An Enigmatic Nature', a witty flash fiction written in 1883, next to his portrait!
For our next winter 2012 collection 'OMSK/TBILISI' we pay tribute to writer and playwriter Leo Nikolaïevitch Tolstoï (1828-1910). No need to introduce this world figure of russian literature. His 2 most famous works, the novels War and Peace & Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as 2 of the greatest novels of all time and are also praised as a moral thinker and social reformer.
Enjoy the portrait of a man with a rough, almost wild appearence where the eyes glance like to perls of wisdom.
Tolstoï passed away in 1910, at the age of 82, leaving behind an exceptionally diversified body of work we never get tired of discovering again and again and again.
All OMSK collection photos are by the very talented dutch photographer Valentina Vos. Here is more of her work: www.valentinavos.com