The Museum of Modern Art of Ukraine has presented the exhibition dedicated to the renowned master’s of landscape Fedor Zakharov. The exposition is titled symbolically “Museum collection. Fedor Zakharov. A tribute to the artist’s 100th birthday ”. The museum collection includes 65 works of art by Fedor Zakharov, the Honored Artist of the USSR, the People’s Artist of the USSR, the laureate of the Taras Shevchenko State Prize of the USSR, a member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine. It is the person who has devoted all his creative life and inspiration to magnificence of the Ukrainian nature.
The exhibition presents a unique collection of works by Fedor Zakharov, a classic representative of the Crimean school of painting. The artist magnificently glorified the Ukrainian nature of Crimea and other regions of the country. On exhibition displays one may see the fascinating and magnificent landscapes, as well as the truly timeless magical still-life paintings. Distinguished by the masterful lighting effects, all the works by the great master of landscape look modern and highly professional. The paintings skillfully depict the contrast such as bright sunny days and dark lunar nights, colorful flowers and gloomy mountains, dazzling white snowfields and deep dark sea.
“He personified the art of painting itself in its highest authority …”, – said the fine arts expert Rudolf Podufaliy about Zakharov.
Fedor Zakharovych was born on September 5, 1919, in Oleksandrivske village in Smolensk region of Russia. At the age of 16 the future founder of Crimean Impressionism joined the decorative and painting department of the M.I. Kalinin Moscow Art and Industrial College. His teacher was B.N. Lange, a talented sculptor, painter and ceramic artist who inspired his students to create beauty professionally and with love. Later, in 1943 F. Zakharov joined the V. Surikov Moscow Art Institute where he studied the intricacies of the picturesque culture. A.V. Lentulov, I.I. Chekmasov, S.V. Gerasimova, D.K. Mochalsky, G.G. Ryazhsky were also the artist’ teachers and mentors.
Interestingly, Fedor Zakharov chose provincial Crimea as a place of work himself. Since 1950 he was teaching painting at the M.S. Samokish Simferopol Art School.
Fedor Zakharov came to Simferopol with a cherished dream to “truly and seriously attend to the art of landscape”, – mentioned Valentyn Bernadsky, the People’s Artist of Ukraine. Therefore, teaching was just the beginning of his creative immersion in the picturesque beauty of Crimea.
In 1953 Zakharov moved to Yalta where he frequently visited the Gurzuf and Sednivsky Art Houses. Different nature of the south and the north, a different mood, as well as different motives allowed the artist to diversify his painting approach. Take exotic, bright, contrasting Crimea and quiet, charming, peaceful north of Ukraine.
Being in a state of complete immersion in creativity, on his canvases the artist conveyed the enchanting moment that never returns. This inspiration is felt in Zakharov’s every work of art. His paintings are always emotional, powerful, full of energy and very sincere. This sincerity, the professional approach and individuality of expression make his creative legacy forever modern and interesting for the viewer. His exhibitions have always been attended by many people such as students, followers, friends and the connoisseurs of true art.
Fedor Zakharovych Zakharov died on September 29, 1994 in Yalta. However, the master continues living in his works of art scattered like magical diamonds around the world in the museums and private collections.
Фото: Музей сучасного мистецтва України