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Hovhannes Aivazovsky

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Biography: Hovhannes Aivazovsky is the most interesting phenomenon of 19th century art. He gained international fame at the age of 25, was elected a member to five European Academies and was awarded the medal of the French Legion of Honor. Delacroix referred to him in reverence and Turner called him a genius. Aivazovsky's name is intricately bound with the sea. Perhaps no one in Europe has painted the extraordinary beauty of the sea with so much feeling and expressiveness as Aivazovsky has... More...
Hovhannes Aivazovsky
Martiros Saryan Martiros Saryan

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Biography: Martoros Saryan was one of the pleiad of major cultural figures of Armenia at the turn of the century. His work, in common with the library contributions of O. Tumanian and A. Isaakian, those of T. Toramanian and A. Tamanian in architecture, and of Komitas in national music, set the standard of national art, and laid the foundations for its flowering in the Soviet period. The Fancies and Dreams present a synthesis of the aesthetic aims which the artist set himself at that time. He was striving to represent nature... More...
Minas Avetisian

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Biography: Avetisian is one of those Armenian artists who put the color back into painting. "Put the color back into painting" - such an expression might seem strange, but if you go into the Matenadaran and look through the yellowed pages of the ancient manuscripts there, you will understand what is meant: there on the parchment, in all their splendor, shine the bright, sonorous colors - blue, yellow, green, red... Color plays an enormous role in the work of Avetisian. Some of his pictures are unequaled in contemporary Armenian painting in the intensity of their colors... More...
Minas Avetisian
Hakob Hakobyan Hakob Hakobyan

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Biography: Hakobyan came to settle in his historical homeland, Armenia, from Egypt when he was already a mature painter - in 1962. Before that, the public had a chance to see his works at several exhibitions in Yerevan, Moscow and other cities. Hakobyan's early creations are small - size oils: one - figure compositions in interiors and still lifes. The painter strove to convey typological rather than personal characteristics. His personages are social or occupational types - a tailor, a waiter, and so on. The static figures circumscribed by a space limited in depth, their mood of constraint and isolation suggest a lonely, miserable existence... More...
Grigor Khandjyan

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Biography: In the galaxy of masters that have made the fine arts in Armenia what they are today a pride of place belongs to Grigor Khandjyan. The artist, a brilliant book illustrator, painter, tapestry designer, is well - known and his art is liked far beyond its borders. Reproducing in his creativity the best traditions of Armenian art and endowed with a wide scope of ideographic vision Khandjyan is able to address himself to a multinational viewing public. His art shows the best fine arts in our own days. A series of illustrations (1959) for the novel "Armenia's Wounds" by a classic of Armenian literature Abovyan, for the poem... More...
Grigor Khandjyan
Roudolf Khachatrian Roudolf Khachatrian

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Biography: Roudolf Khachatrian is the very unique artist, participant of many international exhibitions. His works are exhibited in museums and most eminent private collections. Once, young boy was painting in the park in front of Opera Theater building. He was fourteen. And he felt breathing behind. When he turned he say old man, as he decided. Old man said: "Here is the address, come and bring all your works with you". Boy came and when old man looked at works he cried "Leonardo is back!" Boy was thinking that he is painting like Repin. It appeared that better... More...
Gevorg Bashinjagyan

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Biography: The artistic career of Gevorg Bashinjagyan, the patriarch of landscape painting in Armenia, spans more than four decades. It began in the 1880s, when his native land was a part of the Russian Empire, and ended with his death in 1925, eight years after the establishment of Soviet power. Gevorg Bashinjagyan was born on 16th September 1857, in Signakhi, a small town in eastern Georgia. In 1857, a large group of artists, poets and journalists came to Signakhi to mark the centenary of Bashindjagyan's birth. "The serpentine road ascends steadily," wrote... More...
Gevorg Bashinjagyan




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