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Viktor Ivanov. 100th Anniversary of the Artist’s Birth

Viktor Ivanov. Mexico. White Bull. 1961
19 June—27 August 2024

The exhibition is held in Room 82 on the second floor in the Benois Wing.

Artist Viktor Ivanov celebrates his 100th birthday on 2 August 2024. Being one of the most brilliant painters of the severe style in Soviet art, he is faithful to the ideals that served as the basis of his work in the 1960s. As before, his paintings feature hard workers and events in which the artist sees the continuation of Russian national spiritual traditions. His finest hour came in the years when there was a demand for the art that celebrated peasants’ labour and strong-minded people who did not give up despite the external circumstances – and the artist still retains this creative conservatism.

Victor Ivanov’s works have always been part of the Russian Museum permanent exhibition. The artist donated eight of his marvellous paintings to the museum in 2022. Some of them were created in the 1960s, the others – in recent decades, and all of them amaze the public with their impressiveness and power of expression.

Four works from the Cuba and Mexico series, donated by the artist after his exhibition at the Ilya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, depict different world, people and nature. The paintings were created directly from life. The Cuban study is full of emotions and refers to the recent revolutionary events on the “island of freedom” which the Soviet people sincerely empathised with.

Viktor Ivanov continues his active work and participates in exhibitions. In recent years, the artist often returns to previous subjects, motifs and sketches. The works inspired by memories include In the Garden (2018) and Nikolai Turkin (2018). A large painting In the Operating Room of Friedrich Astrakhantsev’s Clinic (2012) impresses with the mastery of composition, expressive plasticity and ability to achieve a variety of colour gradations using a modest palette of colours. Ivanov often relies on the experience of international and Russian classic painters to implement his ideas.

“The meaning of my art is to express the spiritual and moral aspirations of the people. Art is nothing without this. I depict only what I know well. I look for the good in people. Though, many of my paintings show hard and exhausting peasant life. But look, what kind of person is born in these harsh conditions – strong, beautiful and kind. I found this human ideal in Ryazan region,” Viktor Ivanov often repeats.

Viktor Ivanov. Nikolai Turkin. 2018 Viktor Ivanov. In the Operating Room of Friedrich Astrakhantsev’s Clinic. 2012 Viktor Ivanov. Falling Asleep. Circa 1946

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