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12 Nov 2018

Belarus’ National Art Museum invites for The Quiet Hour

MINSK, 12 November (BelTA) – The Quiet Hour exhibition will open at the National Art Museum of Belarus on 15 November, BelTA learned from Deputy Director General of the museum Aleksei Khoryak.

The exhibition will feature the works by one of the best landscape painters of the first half of the 20th century Vitold Bialynitsky-Birulya, and artists he knew and worked with such as Stanislav Zhukovsky, Igor Grabar, Abram Arkhipov, Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky, Alexei Stepanov, Alexander Moravov, Fyodor Modorov and others.

“More than 40 canvases from the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery and the National Art Museum of Belarus will be presented at the exposition, including in particular Isaak Levitan’s Over the Eternal Peace. The artist created the landscape at the Udomlya Lake in 1893. A little later the Udomlya krai became part of the creative biography for a number of young painters, and became a life for one of them, Vitold Bialynitsky-Birulya.
As a student of the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, a native of the Mogilev Province, Vitold Bialynitsky-Birulya worked hard to develop his own style, listening to Levitan’s advice. In 1892, his small painting “From the Pyatigorsk Neighborhood” (State Tretyakov Gallery) was purchased by Pavel Tretyakov. It witnessed the recognition of talent in the young landscape painter,” said representatives of the museum.

In the early 20th century Vitold Bialynitsky-Birulya was already an artist with a name. He was admitted to the Society for Travelling Art Exhibitions and to the Union of Russian Artists.

“Visit to the Udomlya Lake was the turning point for Bialynitsky-Birulya. There he had his dacha Chaika built in 1912. He spent there a lot of time for the rest of his life. Other artists also came to work, socialize and hunt there,” Aleksei Khoryak said.

The signature theme for Stanislav Zhukovsky was manor interior. In his works, everyday life becomes an aesthetic category. Alexei Stepanov traveled the path of creative evolution, reaching great freedom and expression in composition, color and style of painting. The creative heritage of Abram Arkhipov is impossible to imagine without the bright life-affirming images of peasant women that combine the documental and poetic. Nikolay Bogdanov-Belsky creates images of peasant youth on the border of two great life stages. Alexander Moravov gives his own cheerful interpretation of the “peasant theme”. One of the major representatives of Russian impressionism, Igor Grabar, stands out with his meticulousness, combining textured strokes into an indivisible whole of the expressive artistic image.

The Quiet Hour exhibition will stay open till 15 December.

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