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Tashkent art museum of Soviet Uzbekistan

Tashkent art museum of Soviet Uzbekistan

Alexander Nikolayev (Usto Mumin). 1897-1957. Dutar player. 1920s. Tempera on panel. Tashkent art museum of Soviet Uzbekistan

Tashkent art museum of Soviet Uzbekistan

Today the Tashkent art museum boasts аn ехсеllеnt collection of Russian paintings. The inimitable огigiпаlitу of eighteenth сеntuгу portraiture is reflected in the works of А. Antropov, D. Levitsky, F. Rokotov апd V. Borovikovsky. Besides, there аге portraits аnd urban landscapes created bу unknown агtists of the eighteenth and early пineteenth centuries. The material amassed in the Museum gives ап idea of the diversity of themes апd the depth of insight into life characteristic of early nineteenth сеnturу Russian artists, as well as of the development of genre, lапdsсаре апd portrait painting in the пiпеtеепth сеntury.

Abdulkhak Abdullayev. Born 1918. Portrait of A. Khidoyatov, People’s artist of the USSR. 1946. Oil on canvas

Abdulkhak Abdullayev. Born 1918. Portrait of A. Khidoyatov, People’s artist of the USSR. 1946. Oil on canvas

The landscapes of I. Shishkin, F. Vasilyev, А. Savrasov апd I. Levitan, аll of whom wеге Peredvizhniki – members of the Society fоr Сiгсulаting Art Exhibitions, оссuру а prominent place in the Museum’s exhibition. The picture Мill in the Forest bу I. Shishkin is iпtегеstiпg iп that it was dопе iп 1897 when the artist was particularly attracted bу the рrоblem of rendering sunlight. Nobody саn bе iпdiffегепt to the power of оbsегvаtiоп and love of nature revealed in this work. The Landscape with а Peasant Hut (а study for the Summer Evening) bу I. Levitan is painted in а free, broad manner; the artist succeeded in сопvеуiпg here the lyric poetry апd inimitable beauty of а simple, unpretentious motif.

Alexander Benois. 1870-1960. Park at Versales. Gouache on paper

Alexander Benois. 1870-1960. Park at Versales. Gouache on paper

Тhе Museum houses а fairly comprehensive collection of twentieth сеntury Russian аrt, including
works bу А. Benois, К. Korovin, N. Roerich, А. Golovin, М. Dobuzhinsky, S. Ivanov and М. Nesterov. Опе of the most well-known is Strike bу S.Ivanov. It was done in 1903 and exhibited in the same year under the title Sketch. Оп the еуе of the 1905 Revolution оutbursts of workers’ riots were taking рlасе everywhere but the artist naturally could not give the пате Strike to his рiсtше. This accounts for the fact that it was displayed under another title. ТЬе subject of the painting is not сотрlех: а crowd of strikers is gathered in а factory сошtуагd; the gates are broken, а barricade is being erected; the Cossacks, seen оп the left, have already fired their first volleys. The emotional intensity of what is going оп is enhanced here Ьу the bright midday light.

Alexander Golovin. 1863-1930. A Finnish girl. Size color and pastel on cardboard

Alexander Golovin. 1863-1930. A Finnish girl. Size color and pastel on cardboard. Tashkent art museum

During recent decades the collection of works bу Soviet artists continued to grow and it now
contains over 200 paintings and prints. Ап invaluable part was played bу the Museum in the development of Soviet national art, in bringing up young artists in the Russian classical tradition. Today the extensive exhibition of Soviet art encompasses the creative achievements of artists from аll fifteen Soviet republics. А prominent place here is occupied bу portraits, landscapes and subject paintings bу Uzbek masters. It is not bу сhапсе that the collection of paintings housed in the Tashkent Museum invariably evokes the interest of everyone who has the opportunity to see it.

Grandmother and granddaughter. 1960. Tashkent art museum

Abdulkhak Abdullayev. Born 1918. Grandmother and granddaughter. 1960. Tashkent art museum

The older generation of Uzbek masters – Benkov, Tatevosian, Volkov, Кшziп, Nikolayev,
Kashina and Kovalevskaya – are represented in the Museum bу their best creations. Thus, for
example, опе сап enjoy here Вепкоv’s broad, frее mаnnег of painting, his соnsummateе skill in rendering different aspects of паturе. V. Ufimtsev is represented as а master of historic revolutionагу canvases. The genre paintings, still lifes and landscapes of Kashina and Kovalevskaya аге remarkable for their authentic depiction of reality.

Wild flowers. 1955. Tashkent art museum

Alexander Volkov. 1886-1957. Wild flowers. 1955. Oil on canvas. Tashkent art museum

Ural Таnsykbayev is called the bard of Soviet Uzbekistan. His landscapes Spring апd Evening аге full of poetic inspiration and at the same time аге truly monumental.
ТЬе Uzbek artist A.Abdullayev devoted much of his time to the роrtrayal of his contemporaries,
pre-eminently representatives of the Uzbek intelligentsia – writers, actors and composers. Опе of his best works is Portrait оf A.Khidoyatov as Othello. Most of R.Akhmedov’s paintings аге dedicated to the Soviet woman, both in her social and family life.
Тп the course of recent decades the figurative arts of Soviet Uzbekistan, developing within the
common channel of the multinational culture of the USSR, have won wide recognition. This is fully reflected in the Museum’s exhibition.

Dzhavliat Umarbekov. Born 1946. Navoi and HusseinBaikara in their childhood. 1968. Tempera and varnish on plywood

Dzhavliat Umarbekov. Born 1946. Navoi and HusseinBaikara in their childhood. 1968. Tempera and varnish on plywood

Опе сап hardly overestimate the significance of the scientific, restoration and education work
being carried out at the Таshkent Мuseum in its capacity as а center of cultural life in Uzbekistan, опе of the fifteen Soviet republics. Тhе Museum’s collections number about 30,000 exhibits, of which approximately 6,000 аге paintings.
Тhе visitors’ book preserves entries made bу men and women from different раrts of the wor1d _
from Western Еuгоре, Asia, Africa, Аustralia and America. “Amazed and thrilled bу the wealth of
уоuг collections,” writes а guest from Italy. А Rumanian visitor shares his opinion. There are entries bу people from Amsterdam and Fгапkfurt ап der Oder, Mexico and Finland, Nigeria and North Vietnam, expressing gratitude for being provided with ап оррогtunity to enjoy the remarkable соllесtion of visual art now in the possession of the Мuseum.

Тhе history of the Museum’s foundation, the variety of its art collections, the wide representation afforded to artists of mапу nationalities are аll witness to the friendship which rules relations between the peoples of the USSR, and are in themselves а vivid manifestation of internationalism and the high standards attained bу the culture of the Uzbek реорlе who today preserve with loving саге both the works of the masters of the past and of the Soviet artists of оur time.

Tashkent art museum of Soviet Uzbekistan

Source:
Illustrated album
Art Museum of the Uzbek SSR. Painting. Aurora Art Publishers. Leningrad. 1975