Soviet Turkmen artist Izzat Klychev 1923-2006
Soviet Turkmen artist Izzat Klychev (October 10, 1923 – January 12, 2006) – People’s Artist of the Turkmen SSR (1964), Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Arts (1970), People’s Artist of the USSR (1973), Hero of Socialist Labor (1983), laureate of the State Prize of the Turkmen SSR (1985), Member of the USSR Academy of Arts (1988), Foreign honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts.
Klychev was born October 10, 1923 in the Turkmen village Yalkym. Since 1938 he studied at a boarding school of the Ashgabat Art School. In 1940-42 he studied at the Ashgabat Art School (teacher Y.P. Daneshvar). In 1942, as a volunteer went to the front; participated in the liberation of Kharkov, and met Victory Day in Berlin.
In 1947-53 he studied at the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture named after IE Repin of Academy of Arts of the USSR, in the national studio for gifted creative youth from Central Asia. His teachers were prominent Soviet artists AM Gerasimov, BV Ioganson, UM Neprintsev, and IA Serebryany. He created his thesis “The Karakum desert” in the workshop of Ioganson. The work was exhibited at the All-Union Art Exhibition (1954).
Since 1953, Izzat Klychev – a constant participant of the major regional, All Union and International exhibitions. His solo exhibitions took place in Moscow, Ashgabat, and in many countries around the world.
In 1953-54 he taught at the Turkmen Art College of Rustaveli (Ashgabat). In the 1962-65, 1970-76, 1982 – Chairman of the Union of Artists of the Turkmen SSR. Then a graduate student in the creative workshop of academician AM Gerasimov, in 1957 he painted a historical canvas “For the best life (Against the invaders)” – the first monumental picture of the historical genre in the history of Turkmen fine arts.
Since the beginning of 1960s, Klychev became one of the outstanding Soviet artists. His work has shaped the development of the Turkmen art. Among the most famous paintings of the master – “I and my mother” (1964), “Strigali” (1964), “Legend” (1964), Baloch “(1965) In 1967, for a series of works “My Turkmenistan,” he was awarded the State Prize of the USSR.
People’s Artist of the Turkmen SSR (1964), Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy of Arts (1970), People’s Artist of the USSR (1973), Hero of Socialist Labor (1983), laureate of the State Prize of the Turkmen SSR (1985), Member of the USSR Academy of Arts (1988), Foreign honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts.
One of the features of his work – a harmonious perception of other cultures. Klychev traveled abroad and created a number of series, which is multifaceted and subtly conveys the spirit and identity of the country and its people: Egypt (1966), Italy (1969, 1981), Cuba (1971), Bulgaria (1976), Ethiopia (1973), Angola (1978), and others. They revealed the gift of exceptional landscape painter.
The most intense color in his works – red. The paintings were exhibited in major galleries around the world, from USA to Japan. His personal exhibitions were held in Azerbaijan, England, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, and Estonia. In the last 3 years of his life he worked on the historical painting, tragic events dedicated to Turkmen history – the seizure by the troops of General Skobelev Geokdepe fortress. Starting his way in art with historical paintings, he wanted to complete his complex philosophical parable.
Izzat Nazarovich died January 12, 2006 (Ashgabat, Turkmenistan). His works are in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Museum of Oriental Art (Moscow), the Directorate of exhibitions Artists’ Union (Moscow), Art Foundation (Moscow), the Ministry of Culture (Moscow), the Turkmen State Museum of Fine Arts (Ashgabat), the Directorate of the Union of Artists Exhibition Turkmenistan (Ashgabat), Magnitogorsk art gallery, as well as in many private collections in the world.