Georgi Nisski (1903-1987) became the People's Artist of Russia in 1965; he became the Full Member of the Art Academy of the USSR in 1958; he was the Laureate of the State Prize of the USSR; he was decorated with the Red Banner Labor Order and with other medals. He was a landscape painter, a genre painter, a painter of still life and of monumental panels. He was a graphic artist too.
Georgi Nisski was born in Gomel, Belarus in 1903. He studied at the Gomel Art Studio named after M.A. Vrubel (1919-1921) taking classes of A.Y. Bykhovski; he also studied at the Moscow Higher Art and Technical Studios (1923-1930) and his teachers were A.D. Drevin and R.R. Falk. He had been participating in the art exhibitions since 1930. He lived in Moscow, Russia. His works can be found in the State Tretyakov Gallery, in the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, in the Museum of the Gomel Palace & Park Ensemble.
The Art Studio named after M. Vrubel was established in Gomel, Belarus in 1919. Young artists E. Mashkovtseva, Y. Telishevski, A. Shevchenko, E. Smekhov studied there side by side with Nisski. It was a time of post-revolution war and of economic dislocation. Youth could deal with the cold and the hunger and could fade those challenges away when they supported everything new, "bright and seething" with interest. The studio members worked for the city; their art used to enter the streets as board, panels, flags...
The talented studio members were delegated to Moscow, Russia to continue their studies at the art universities of the city in 1921.
Their fates were different, but creativity of each of them reflected the characterizing features of the epoch.
Max Birstein was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1914. He entered the Moscow State Art Institute (later known as the Moscow State Art Institute named after Surikov) in 1936, where he took lessons of Igor Grabar, Dmitri Mochalski and other famous artists and tutors. Birstein's art was largely affected by not only his personal teachers and Pavel Deineka, but also by the French impressionists: he had borrowed daring strokes and spontaneous perception of the world from them.
He was the prize-winner of the All-USSR Artist Competition in 1975. He got the Golden Medal from the Academy of Arts in 2000. Max Birstein had organized numerous personal exhibitions. His works are in the State Tretyakov Gallery, in the Russian Museum, in the Contemporary Art Museum, and in private collections.
Max Birstein died in Moscow, Russia in 2000.
The exhibition displays the paintings and the graphic works by G. Nisski, E. Mashkovtseva, Y. Telishevski, M. Birstein painted in the 1950-60s. Those are landscapes, portraits, still life, graphic art for books. There are over 80 exhibited objects: drawings, books, leaflets, documents and personal items of the artists.
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