Armenians celebrate eminent artist Minas Avetisyan Remembrance Day – Panorama


Today, February 23, marks the remembrance day of Minas Avetisyan, a famous Armenian painter of the twentieth century. In an interview with, artist Narek Avetisyan’s son once said: “February 23 was once celebrated as Army Day in the Soviet Union. The authorities were exercising censorship, and we were to officially mark Remembrance Day on February 24. “

Note, Minas died in a car accident in 1975.

Born in 1928 in the Armenian village of Jajur, Minas Avetisyan, known simply as Minas, was a painter and set designer. From 1952 to 1954 he studied at the Yerevan Institute of Theater and Art, and from 1954 to 1960 at the Ilya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in Leningrad (now Saint -Petersburg).

He benefited from the advice of the famous Armenian painter Martiros Saryan, but developed a style of his own, with an intense use of color close to that of fauvism. The influence of medieval Armenian art is strongly apparent in his landscapes, self-portraits and scenes of peasant life. His work combines an unusual and expressive richness of colors with a dramatic monumentality of composition. In 1962, he had a solo exhibition in Yerevan, and another in Moscow in 1969. In 1972, a fire in his studio destroyed a large part of his work.

Minas was one of those Armenian artists who put color back into painting. “Put the color back in the paint” – such an expression may sound strange, but if you go into the Matenadaran and look through the yellowed pages of the ancient manuscripts there, you will understand what it means: there on the parchment, in all their splendor shine bright and sonorous colors – blue, yellow, green, red … Color plays a huge role in Avvetisian’s work. Some of his paintings are unmatched in contemporary Armenian painting for the intensity of their colors.

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