Soviet Tatar artist Makhmut Usmanov 1918-2006
Soviet Tatar artist Makhmut Usmanov (1918 – 2006) – Member of the USSR Union of Artists (1947), Honored Artist of Tatarstan (1975), People’s Artist of the Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (1980), Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (1999). Veteran of the Great Patriotic War, holder of the Order of the Patriotic War II degree, the Red Star. He lived and worked in Kazan. In the early 1950s, he was one of the first in the Soviet art to open the “oil” theme. He was looking for different approaches to the scenic disclosure of the topic: tried genre and narrative, sometimes lyrically sentimental decision (“Morning of Tatarstan oil”), and group portraits, as well as a lot of field studies.
M. Usmanovich Usmanov was born October 25, 1918 in the village of Adaev, Kazan province. In 1933-1938 he studied at the Kazan Art School. Before conscription in 1939, he worked as an art teacher in Kukmor. After demobilization in 1946, he returned to Kazan and worked in partnership “Tatar artist.” In the 1940s he worked as a painter of battle scenes. Having successfully worked with Tatar book publishing house, illustrated many books in 1940s – early 50s.
The artist has also drawn sketches from nature and modern paintings on the theme. In the 1960s he worked in the genre of industrial landscape. Usmanov was a member of the All-Union, regional, national and personal exhibitions.
Soviet Tatar artist Makhmut Usmanov died in 2006. His works are in many regional museums, as well as in Japan, Turkey, Italy, France, USA, and the Netherlands.