By Laman Ismayilova
A house museum of Tahir Salahov in Baku hosted an event entitled "Meeting of generations", dedicated to the 88th anniversary of the outstanding artist.
A number of public, political and art figures gathered at the event to congratulate Tahir Salahov at his house museum, which became one of the cultural symbols of Azerbaijan's capital.
Tahir Salahov sensitively catches the rhythms of life and able to listen and hear the time. He is the master of portraits, landscape pictures, still-life paintings and large many-figured paintings.
Salahov is the vice-president and honorary president of the International Association of Plastic Arts of UNESCO, the vice-president of the Russian Academy of Arts, People's Artist of the USSR, Azerbaijan and Russia, and is the winner of a number of high awards, including the State Prize of the USSR and Azerbaijan.
He became one of the leading representatives of the so-called "severe style", a trend in Soviet art of the 1960s that aimed to set off a hard, publicist, and realist view against the ceremonial "polished reality" of the Joseph Stalin era.
Portraits occupy a special place in Tahir's creative activity. He has painted the portraits of Azerbaijan's foremost composers - Gara Garayev and Fikrat Amirov along with Azerbaijani poet Rasul Rza and Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, to name a few.
Each portrait reflects Tahir's efforts to draw out the inner worlds of his subjects.
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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