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Related article:"Centers of Icon Painting in 18th-19th Century: Palekh, Mstera and Kholui"
The villages of Palekh, Mstera and Kholui are examples of ancient Russian culture adapting to survive.
In the late 18th century there were present indications that the ideology was starting to shift away from the standard of the Orthodox Church. The October Revolution of 1917 proved to be a monumental transition for both theology and Russian artistry. As Russia embraced Communism, the old traditions of Orthodox Christianity had to sink into the shadows for preservation.
In 1924, a group of icon
painters formed the Old Painting Artel, in Palekh.