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Monument to self-taught naive artist Katerina Bilokur

Monument to naive artist Katerina Bilokur in the town of Yahotyn, Ukraine

Monument to naive artist Katerina Bilokur in the town of Yahotyn, Ukraine

Naive artist Katerina Bilokur
In the world there are a lot of talented artists working in the genre of naive art. However, not every one of them has a monument installed in their honor. In honor of Ukrainian self-taught artist Katerina Bilokur installed several monuments, along with the house museum dedicated to her work.
Ukrainian folk artist Katerina Bilokur was born in the village of Bogdanovka near Kiev in a family of peasants. In the early twentieth century village the girls destined to early marriage, caring for her husband and children, chores housework, and work in the field. Belokur did not study in the school for a single day. The lack of primary education prevented her from studying at art school.
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Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky Monument

Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky Monument

The statue surrounded by two enamels with abstractions of his work. Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky Monument. Sculptor Zurab Tsereteli

Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky Monument

Wassily Kandinsky (December 16, 1866 – December 13, 1944) – Russian graphic artist and painter, and one of the founders of abstract art. In addition, Wassily Kandinsky is the creator of watercolors – chaotic placement of lines and spots that do not represent and do not depict anything. Thus, the artist is fully committed to objectivity, he thought that it interfered with his paintings. At this moment in art began to develop a new direction – abstract. Abstract art continues to exist today, although it has little resemblance to the one that created Kandinsky.
How sadly, in Russia there are no monuments dedicated to the renowned artist Wassily Kandinsky (neither to Chagall and Malevich). Sculpture by Zurab Tsereteli, therefore, is the only monument to the world famous founder of abstract art. However, there is a memorial plaque on the house in Moscow, where Kandinsky lived. And only thanks to the talented sculptor Zurab Tsereteli monuments to Kandinsky, Chagall and Malevich appeared.
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Favorite artists of sculptor Zurab Tsereteli

Favorite artists of sculptor Zurab Tsereteli

Favorite artists of sculptor Zurab Tsereteli – Pablo Picasso, A.Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Matisse, V. Van Gogh. Bronze. The Museum and Studio of Zurab Tsereteli. Moscow, Russia

Favorite artists of sculptor Zurab Tsereteli embodied in a series of monuments to prominent artists of all time. According to Tsereteli, they are – Kazimir Malevich and Modigliani, Georgian naive painter Nikola Pirosmani and French post-impressionist painter Henri Rousseau, Van Gogh and Matisse, Picasso, Chagall and Dali. And Tsereteli himself creates guided by these masters. He tries to look at the world through their eyes, and through the prism of their creativity. The series of monuments “My favorite artists”, part of which decorates the entrance to the museum shop on Bolshaya Gruzinskaya street, and part on Petrovka, while some other sculptures exhibited in galleries and museums. The exhibition “My favorite artists”, did not come out of nowhere, its plan hatched by the author for the decade. Birth of these sculptures was the result of years of his searching in art, and the creative freedom that his “favorite artists” taught him.
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Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich

Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich

‘My favorite artists’ series of sculptures by Zurab Tsereteli. Kazimir Malevich monument at the Museum of Modern Art on Petrovka Street. Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich

Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich
One hundred years have passed since the day when Kazimir Malevich, standing in front of the newly started painting in his studio, suddenly, as if struck by thunder, rushed to paint the image with black … Thus, appeared Black Square – symbol of emptiness and death, and a new icon of the twentieth century art. Now the artist’s philosophy – a part of world history, and Malevich himself – a legend and one of the most expensive artists in the world. Looking at the black square, we can not forget that at the time of the creation of this horrible object, Russia was on the brink of revolution. This image is filled with threats and bad omens as if soon there will be something serious – as if the world will end soon. But … the legacy of the artist himself mysteriously absorbed in this very black square. The disappearance and the long process of recognition of the grave of Malevich – respectively a strange fate for the artist.
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Georgian naive painter Niko Pirosmani monuments

The monument at the house-museum of artist Nikolay Pirosmanishvili in Mirzaani, Georgia. Georgian naive painter Niko Pirosmani monuments

The monument at the house-museum of artist Nikolay Pirosmanishvili in Mirzaani, Georgia. Georgian naive painter Niko Pirosmani monuments

Georgian naive painter Niko Pirosmani monuments

Niko Pirosmani (Nikolay Pirosmanashvili) – the greatest Georgian self-taught artist of the XX century, a representative of primitive art. Niko was born in the village in a poor peasant family. Since childhood, he learned the hardships of rural life. Later, after moving to Tbilisi, the artist tried to work at the railroad, in trade and many other places, but for his fiery nature, it was alien. Until the end of his days, Nico dragged out a miserable existence, feeding on the pennies and spending the night in basements, but even his first paintings were filled with hidden meaning.
In his environment, he had a firm reputation of a mentally unstable person who is impossible to deal with. In part, this contributed to his assertion that he sees the saints, and his brush, “paints by itself.”
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Ballerina Sculpture by Elena Yanson Manizer

Ballerina Sculpture by Elena Yanson Manizer

Ballerina Sculpture by Elena Yanson Manizer. 1931

Ballerina Sculpture by Elena Yanson Manizer
This gypsum sculpture of Ballerina was made in 1933 in the USSR. The author of the sculpture – Elena Yanson-Manizer (1890-1971) – a famous Russian sculptor and graphic artist with a subtle sense of ballet. The author has created a series of sculptures devoted to such ballet performances, as “Swan Lake”, “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai”, “Romeo and Juliet”, and “Egyptian Nights”. Works by Yanson-Manizer constitute the “golden fund” of Soviet sculptural plasticity of the twentieth century, and many of them exhibited in museum collections, such as the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum and others. As for the sculpture in the above photo, it is not just a collective image of an abstract ballerina – it is a legendary dancer of the XX century Natalia Dudinskaya.
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