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Soviet Belarusian artist Mai Dantsig 1930-2017

Soviet Belarusian artist Mai Dantsig 1930-2017

New Settlers. Oil on canvas. 1965. Soviet Belarusian artist Mai Dantsig (27 April, 1930 – 26 March, 2017)

Soviet Belarusian artist Mai Dantsig 1930-2017

The passion for bright large canvases, life-affirming pathos, publicism are characteristic of the work of Mai Danzig. The artist perceives reality as if on a widescreen scale and speaks with the viewer in full force of voice and in full measure of emotions. Even the names of his paintings sounded exalted: “The Soligorsk land is rumbling”, “Belarus is the mother of the partisans” …
Danzig began with sketches, genre scenes and portraits. He painted the secluded corners of Minsk against the background of the sky with white clouds reminiscent of flying sails. He deployed on the canvases the prospects of squares and quarters with cranes, created a series of picturesque reports from the new buildings of the republic.
In the painting “New settlers” the artist clearly pretends to cause in the viewer complex associations. In the smiles and poses of his heroes, in the spaciousness of a freshly painted room, not cluttered with things of sustainable well-being, he seeks to express not so much the joy of a young family who has received a new apartment, but the bright and solemn feelings of the builders of a new life.

The noble miner NN Gerasimenya, 1960. Soviet Belarusian artist Mai Dantsig (27 April, 1930 - 26 March, 2017)

The noble miner NN Gerasimenya, 1960. Soviet Belarusian artist Mai Dantsig (27 April, 1930 – 26 March, 2017)

Soviet and Belarusian artist, professor, Mai Volfovich Danzig (April 27, 1930 – March 26, 2017) was a member of the USSR Union of Artists since 1960. He taught at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, was the head of the department of painting. People’s Artist of Belarus (1995), awarded the Order of Francis Skaryna (2005)
Mai Volfovich Dantsig studied in the Minsk art college (1947-1952).

After graduating, he continued his study in the Moscow State Art institute named after V.I. Surikov (1952-1958). Since 1958 till last days he taught drawing and painting at the Belarusian State Theater and Art Institute. He first began exhibiting in 1958, and two years later became the member of the Union of artists of the USSR.

Traditionally, like many Soviet artists of the time, Dantsig traveled a lot around the country. In particular, his creative business trips (1960 – 1964) included the mines of Soligorsk, Polotsk Oilstation, Kazakhstan, the virgin lands, which resulted in a series of paintings about the new seven-year-old plan construction. In addition, there were also creative trips to Romania, Italy, and France (1962-1970).

Dantsig participated in all republican and largest All-Union art exhibitions, including those dedicated to the 40th anniversary of Komsomol, the 20th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, the 50th anniversary of the Soviet power, the 50th anniversary of the Komsomol, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lenin, and the 25th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.
 
Selected works of M.V. Danzig were exhibited at exhibitions of Soviet art abroad: in England, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, the GDR, India, Italy, Canada, Poland, Romania, and Finland.

Source:
“Mai Volfovich Dantsig – About past and present”. Author Oleg Syrsky. Soviet Artist. 1975

Soviet Belarusian artist Mai Dantsig