Soviet realist artist Georgy Savitsky 1887-1949
Soviet realist artist Georgy Savitsky (October 23, 1887 – August 13, 1949)
After the October Socialist Revolution, Georgy Savitsky headed the decorative workshop of the Petrograd Military District (1918-1922). He became one of the founders and ideologists of the revolutionary Russian Artists Association (AHRR), and a member of the Society of realist artists. At the end of the 1930s Savitsky worked on dioramas and panoramas (“Storm of Perekop”, 1934-38), battle scenes, and large panels for pavilions of the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition.
During the Great Patriotic War (1941-1942) the artist took an active part in the production of short-run stencil posters “TASS Windows”, and was a member of the editorial board. Georgy Savitsky became the winner of the Stalin Prize of the second degree (1942) for political posters and caricatures in “Windows of TASS”. Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1942), Member of the USSR Academy of Arts (1949). He taught at the Moscow Art Institute (1947-1949).
Son and disciple of artist Peredvizhnik Konstantin Savitsky (1844-1905), Georgy Savitsky was born in St. Petersburg. In 1902-1908 he studied at the Penza Art College, in the workshop of KA Savitsky, AF Afanasiev, NK Grandkovsky. In 1908-1915 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, workshops of FA Rubo, VE Makovsky. For competitive thesis “The Death of Priam” got the title of the artist and the right to a pensioner’s trip abroad.
Georgy Savitsky participated in more than 70 different exhibitions of Soviet Art, including three personal exhibitions of the artist in Moscow (1928, 1941, 1944). He painted historical and revolutionary battle, genre, animalistic paintings – as a rule, multi, complex compositions. Coloristic structure of his works settled in the heavy, dark, rich colors, resembling the color scheme of later Wanderers. Among the major works: “The last day of Troy. Priam’s Death “(1915),” dogs Yard “(1917), “1919” (1921), “Spontaneous demobilization of the tsarist army in 1918” (1928), “Walking the Red Taman army” (1933), “Catch” (1934), “Self Portrait” (1945), “The first days of October” (1929), “Portrait of a brother,” “The living room” (1920), “Bullfight”, “In the footsteps of the enemy”, “Res house Sinop” ( 1940). In addition, the artist created illustrations to Lermontov’s “Hero of Our Time,” Leo Tolstoy’s “Strider,” Pushkin’s “Little Tragedies”; watercolor “On the beach. Sudak “(1925), “Sudak” (1925); graphic works “bait”, “Cavalry attack”, “Portrait of a father.”
Georgy died on August 13, 1949 (Moscow). His works are in the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, State Literary Museum, State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, Penza Picture Gallery named after K.A.Savitsky, the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, the Institute of Russian realistic art, Vladimir-Suzdal History, Architecture and Art Museum, Pereslavl-Zalessky Historical, Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve, Samara Art Museum, Uglich Art Museum, the Central Museum Armed forces, Lugansk regional Art Museum, private collections in Russian.