In this pleasingly complex landscape painting by Russian artist Igor Nelubovich, the famous Krukov Canal of St. Petersburg is painted in winter; trees, lamp-posts, and fences are presented as harsh angular black shadows, and the snow is far from pristine. The only prominent regions of color are two, probably richly ornate, buildings of some sort. Their distant magnificence is in opposition to the inhospitable aspect of what is immediately observed before us.
Dumah is a name of ominous portent, the angel of stillness and death, a recurring figure in Rabbinical literature and Yiddish folklore. In Dumah the Angel of Dreams by Russian painter Grigorri Pavlychev, in sparsely painted lines of white and green over dark brown, a female figure is painted against a background of a myriad of whites, greens, yellows and reds, almost as if the angel had been stenciled in over a richly layered background of street graffiti. The angel sits in silent contemplation.