Soviet artist Vladimir Stozharov
Soviet artist Vladimir Stozharov (January 3, 1926 – November 22, 1973) – Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1965), laureate of the State Prize of the RSFSR of Repin (1968) – for the painting “New North”, “White Night. Vazhgort Village”, “Saturday”, “Big Village Pyssa”, “Isady” from the series of landscapes in the North of Russia. In 1973 the artist was elected a Corresponding Member of USSR Academy of Arts. It was a great artist and generous talent, who had his school, his theme in painting. Twenty years of hard and fruitful work, entirely devoted to the cherished creative idea for a constant improvement of skills made a name of Stozharov inseparable from the classics of Soviet realist painting. His artistic career ended too early, and many of his ideas remained non-embodied.
Born January 3, 1926 in Moscow, Stozharov soon joined the inherent values of the national culture. As a boy he traveled to Arkhangelsk, Yaroslavl, Ryazan, Kostroma, to the old villages, which have products of national crafts. He was in love with the amazing natural beauty of northern Russia.
In 1939 he entered the Moscow Art School of the Moscow State Art Institute of Surikov, which he had to finish in the difficult war years. Later in 1945, he entered the Moscow State Institute. of Surikov, the painting department.
After graduation, he has traveled extensively throughout the country, down the Yenisei to the Dixon, visiting towns and villages of the Russian North. In those years he created paintings “Turukhansk”, “Rostov Yaroslavsky,” “in the fire”. The artist brings to the Soviet art his own theme, colors and paints of his view of the depicted reality.
Since that time began the meteoric rise of the artist. He is always in a creative rise, out of his hands one by one appear paintings, embarking on a par with the best works of Soviet art – “Bread”, “Samovar”, “village of Andreykovo”, portraits of notable workers of Ryazan – V. Shurshilina and V. Zhukov,” Still Life with a horseshoe,” “Kargopol”, “Meeting the first steamboat,” “Big Pyssa village”, still lifes, and many others.
Since 1955 V. Stozharov became a permanent member of the Russian and all-Union art exhibitions. Around sixty museums preserve paintings of the painter, and his best works have taken a worthy place in the Tretyakov Gallery and the Russian Museum.
In 1959 Stozharov visits Italy. Here he painted “Rome. Area of Venice.” It was in Rome Stozharov saw firsthand that the famous “Venetian flavor” of Tintoretto and Titian – not an invention of artists but product of nature.
In 1967 the artist was awarded the silver medal of the USSR Academy of Arts for a series of works created over the period 1964-1967. In 1968, Vladimir Fedorovich received the State Prize of IE Repin for a series of landscapes “in the North of Russia”.
From 1971 to 1972, the artist went to Romania with a group exhibition of works by artists of the RSFSR “Russian North”. In 1972-1974 was his personal exhibition consisting of 67 paintings in such cities as Syktyvkar, Arkhangelsk, Kirov, Izhevsk, Gorky, Kuibyshev, Ulyanovsk, Astrakhan, Kostroma, Ryazan, Bryansk, Kalinin, Tula, Kaluga, Smolensk.
Stozharov had a happy sense of historical perspective, a sense of national traditions. His still lifes – fair colors, cheerful holiday of the national spirit. The old peasant life objects, products of craftsmen, such as spinning wheels, Bratina, tues, paddles, embroidered linen towels supplied and laid on a wooden table under the golden peasant logs of Russian huts – all this creates the unique spirit of the time.
Vladimir Fedorovich died November 22, 1973 in Moscow.
He worked a lot, and especially on the sketches. From dawn to dusk worked this restless artist. And the rest was working on sketches for him. He always tried to cover everything, as if afraid that would not have time. He traveled to Siberia, and almost did not paint in the places where other artists have visited.
Soviet artist Vladimir Stozharov
Artist and World. Illustrated album. Soviet Artist. Moscow. 1976
Young artist. Magazine, 1986