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Soviet Georgian artist Tengiz Mirzashvili 1934-2008

Vintage (Collecting grapes). 1967. Cardboard, tempera. Painting by Soviet Georgian artist Tengiz Mirzashvili (10 February 1934 - 1 January 2008)

Vintage (Collecting grapes). 1967. Cardboard, tempera. Painting by Soviet Georgian artist Tengiz Mirzashvili (10 February 1934 – 1 January 2008)

Soviet Georgian artist Tengiz Mirzashvili

Born in 1934 in Mestia, Georgia, Tengiz Revazovich Mirzashvili (10 February 1934 – 1 January 2008) created touching landscapes, beautiful unrealizable women, flowers and birds – everything that surrounded him. Meanwhile, with his tender naivety and purity he reminded Niko Pirosmanishvili, who he looked like.
Honored Artist of Georgian SSR, he graduated from the Academy of Arts in Tbilisi, workshop of SS Kobuladze (1958).
For Mirzashvili’s creativity is characteristic the desire for wholeness and manly asceticism of images. Taken from the everyday world, his characters seem to be in slow motion. The characteristic coloring of the canvas, the stable archaic forms of the pattern resemble ancient frescoes and reliefs. And their imaginative structure manifest an interest in the historical past, folklore inherent in modern man, as a guardian of the primordial artistic culture of the people.
In the painting “Harvesting” (1967), the everyday motif is cleared of everyday life. A female figure, as impressive as a statue, exists in a special, somewhat abstract space. The artist creates a poetic image, which contains permanent human values.
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Soviet artist Amir Nuriakhmetovich Mazitov 1928-1992

Soviet artist Amir Nuriakhmetovich Mazitov (1928-1992)

The Seagull (Portrait of Valentina Tereshkova, first woman – cosmonaut). Oil on canvas. 1964. Painting by Soviet artist Amir Nuriakhmetovich Mazitov (1928-1992)

Soviet artist Amir Nuriakhmetovich Mazitov (1928-1992) – Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1970), laureate of the Leninist Komsomol of the RSFSR award, and member of the USSR Union of artists (1958). Born in 1928 in the village of Bondyuga of the Tatar ASSR, he graduated from the Kazan Art College (1949). In 1950-1955 studied at the Moscow Art Institute of VI Surikov. After graduation, he taught at the Yaroslavl Art College (1955-1979).
In the picture “The Seagull” he depicted our famous countrywoman Valentina Tereshkova. He painted this portrait in 1964, a year after Tereshkova’s flight into space. Here the “Seagull” appears before us at that time, when she was still a sports paratrooper of the Yaroslavl Air Club. After another jump, Valentina looks dreamily into the heavenly distance. Young artist Amir Mazitov was able to convey the “spirit of the times”, creating an image filled with lyrical and romantic intonations. Meanwhile, he was one of the first to create on the canvas the image of the first woman-cosmonaut.
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Soviet artist Vilgelmina Dmitriyevna Zazerskaya

Soviet artist Vilgelmina Dmitriyevna Zazerskaya (born 17 May 1927 in Leningrad, USSR)

Soviet artist Vilgelmina Dmitriyevna Zazerskaya (born 17 May 1927 in Leningrad, USSR)

Soviet artist Vilgelmina Dmitriyevna Zazerskaya – honored art worker and laureate of the State Prize of the Moldavian SSR. Member of the Union of Artists of Russia, she is a participant of republican, all-Union and international exhibitions of Soviet Art, including 20 solo exhibitions.
Born in 1927 in Leningrad, in 1954 she graduated from the Leningrad Higher Art and Industrial College of Vera Mukhina. Author of thematic paintings, portraits, and landscapes, Zazerskaya is a temperamental artist, enthusiastic about life and people. The subjects of her work are different – “Fishermen”, “Builders”, “Tale of the Sons of Moldova”, triptych “Light of Ilyich”, “Portrait of actress M. Bieshu”.
Today, 90 year-old artist lives and works in St. Petersburg.
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Soviet Moldavian artist Igor Vieru 1923-1983

Soviet Moldavian artist Igor Vieru 1923-1983

Right side of the tryptich ‘Happinness of Ioanah’. 1967. Oil, canvas. Soviet Moldavian artist Igor Vieru (December 23, 1923 – May 24, 1988)

Soviet Moldavian artist Igor Vieru
Honored Art Worker of the Moldavian SSR, Igor Vieru belongs to the middle generation of Soviet Moldovan artists, who laid the foundations for new and modern trends in Moldovan painting, corresponding to modern reality. His work has about 70 paintings and 12 collections of book illustrations.
Born in 1923 in the village of Chernolevka (Moldavia, USSR), Igor Dmitrievich Vieru studied at the Republican Art College in Kishinev from 1946 to 1949.
Meanwhile, the traditions of folk decorative art greatly influenced the formation of the artist’s work. In particular, in the triptych “Happinness of Ioanah” (1967), the master conducts poetic narrative of his contemporaries. Simple and strong, they seemed to come from a folk song. The artist painted them whole and bright, finding for this joyful colors and melodic lines. In harmony and elegant festivity of the picture, the artist embodied idea of ​​happiness and joy of a man on his native land.
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Soviet Armenian artist Minas Avetisyan 1928-1975

In the wagon (the compartment of the train). 1966-1967. Canvas, oil. The State Museum of Oriental Art. Painting by Soviet Armenian artist Minas Avetisyan (1928-1975)

“In the wagon” (the compartment of the train). 1966-1967. Canvas, oil. The State Museum of Oriental Art. Painting by Soviet Armenian artist Minas Avetisyan (1928-1975)

Soviet Armenian artist Minas Avetisyan
Honored Artist of the Armenian SSR, Minas Karapetovich Avetisyan was born 20 July 1928 in the village of Jajur of the Armenian SSR. He studied at the Yerevan Art School named after F.Terlemezyan (1947-1952) and Yerevan Art and Theater Institute (1952-1954). In 1960 he graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture of I.E. Repin. Since 1960 he lived in Yerevan. He is the author of paintings, landscapes, portraits, and still lifes. In the color compositions of Avetisyan the world appears bright and tense, the objective forms in it sometimes turn into an expression of the powerful energy of colorful planes. But the artist can organize this color energy in such a way that the sound of the image conceived by him convince the viewer. The world transformed by the artist can carry away with joy, blind with the glint of the sun, and fascinate with the silence of a damp night.
The painting “In the wagon” (1966-1967) does not contain a specific story and distinct characteristics of the characters. Representing his characters, the author does not give the viewer any literary plotting of the plot. He creates a special atmosphere full of a sense of expectation, a characteristic feeling that every person experiences on the road.
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Soviet artist Igor Aleksandrovich Popov 1927-1999

Soviet artist Igor Aleksandrovich Popov 1927-1999. Portrait of Alexandr Matveyevich Alexandrov. 1966. Oil on canvas

Portrait of Alexandr Matveyevich Alexandrov. 1966. Oil on canvas. Soviet artist Igor Aleksandrovich Popov (1927-1999)

Soviet artist Igor Aleksandrovich Popov
Honored Artist of the RSFSR, Igor Aleksandrovich Popov was born in 1927 in Kharkov. In 1951 he graduated from the Moscow State Art Institute named after VI Surikov, the workshop of S.V. Gerasimov. He lived and worked in Moscow, and was a chairman of the board of the Moscow organization of the Union of Artists of the RSFSR.
The portrait of Aleksandrov Alexander Martynovich (1966) shows the figurative characterization of the hero, a reasonable, calm, confident man. And the composition itself emphasizes his human significance and strength – a large, as close to the viewer as possible, as if the picture space is not enough for this man. Thick, powerful paints also help to reveal the uniqueness and integrity of his nature.
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Soviet Armenian artist Alexander Bazhbeuk Melikyan

Soviet Armenian artist Alexander Bazhbeuk Melikyan

The magician. 1965. Oil on canvas. Yerevan. Painting by Soviet Armenian artist Alexander Bazhbeuk Melikyan (1891—1966)

Soviet Armenian artist Alexander Bazhbeuk Melikyan
The small canvas “The magician” (1965) clearly manifests the coloristic mastery of the artist, his special festive attitude. Like a fairy, a young girl is preparing some kind of mysterious transformation. Femininity and grace are not only in the figure of the magician, but in the painting itself – in the noble harmony of the golden and red tones of the attire, in the overflows and flashes of the background.
Born in 1891 in Tiflis, Alexander Aleksandrovich Bazhbeuk-Malikyan died in 1966 in the same place. From 1904 to 1910 he studied at the school of painting and sculpture of the Caucasian Society for the Promotion of Fine Arts in Tiflis. Then in the studio of VN Mashkov in Moscow (1910 – 1911) and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Petersburg (1911-1913). The author of genre paintings, portraits, and landscapes, Melikyan found his subject early, which remained unchanged in all his further work. He sings of female beauty in portraits, circus scenes, in numerous “bathers”, “naked”, in compositions that do not have a certain plot (“Optical illusion”, “At the table with a dog”, “Four figures”). All these works each time in a new way discover the world of pure plastics and perfection.
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