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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ilya Glazunov — 86

On June 10, has birthday of the Master. Ilya Glazunov 86th birthday. All his creative life does not cease controversy and rave reviews: the innovator and the classic, the great portrait painter, a virtuoso draftsman… In General, Glazunov is a phenomenon that in two words can not describe.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

One of the first sketches — “the eagle in the mountains” — Glazunov did in five years. And to 17, with visit Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra wanted to become a monk. But the elder father Tikhon dissuaded him, and blessed in worldly life: “to become an artist, to fight the evil in the world.” Glazunov has long fulfilled the Covenant, although to this day the tradition is reviving, and so is Russia.

An important place in the works of Ilya Sergeyevich is plural, is very complex in terms of content and composition of the painting is the mystery. Its main “brand” was the painting “Eternal Russia”, which depicts the whole history of the country through its greatest citizens. Another seminal work — “Dispossession” — a bleeding man in the icon. Among the hundreds of people and crying, and furiously shouting Soviet slogans. The Kremlin is on fire. On the Grand canvas of 8 x 4 — black stain of shame in the history of the country.

But for the “mystery of the twentieth century”, written in 1977, the artist wanted to equate Solzhenitsyn and deprived of citizenship… Then, in the heyday of Brezhnev’s stagnation, the Minister of internal Affairs of the USSR Nikolay Shchelokov, whose portrait Ilya, by the way, is also painted, shouted good mate: “For people like you, Glazunov, there are camps! Anti-Soviet planning to breed? Will not pass! By what right do mock comrade Lenin? Why you have Christ above all?”. The Minister instantly forgot about the good relationship with the artist, who at some point even taught art history at the Academy. Then sent the artist in the Siberian taiga on the construction of BAM — to the creative assignment, and simply “link”. By the way, in Russia to publish “the Mystery” first decided only “Moskovsky Komsomolets”, but it happened much later, in the restructuring.

International fame artist brought the portraits of his contemporaries. Glazunov posed Directors Visconti, Fellini, Antonioni, Bondarchuk; actors Gina Lollobrigida, Claudia Cardinale, Giulietta Masina, Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Tatiana Samoilova; the king of Sweden, Laos, Spain, Portugal, the Cabinet of General de Gaulle, the President of Italy, Sandro Pertini, President of Chile, Salvador Allende, Prime Minister of Denmark Jens Otto Krag, German Chancellor Willy Brandt, UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, Indira Gandhi — all are not listed.

A special topic of conversation — based master of the Academy of painting, sculpture and architecture, which became the main business of his life. Today, he is working on a new monumental paintings for his gallery. Who wants to see the “Russian spirit”, “Russian start”, the historical context — the one in the exhibition space of the artist. And the wording “MK” congratulates Ilya Sergeevicha happy birthday and heartily wish him health, strength and new mysteries.

In one of the nearest numbers “MK” read an interview with Ilya Glazunov.

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