Azerbaijani artists' works included in TOP 15 Most interesting exhibits
By Laman Ismayilova
Russian News Agency TASS has presented a selection of interesting paintings at the 10th International Fine Art Festival "Traditions & Contemporaneity” in Moscow, Trend Life reports.
TOP 15 Most interesting exhibits of the festival feature the work of People's Artist of the USSR, Azerbaijan and Russia Tahir Salahov and honored artist and a member of Azerbaijan Artists Union, Sakit Mammadov.
The Festival, which has become a landmark in Russia’s cultural life, is an established and convenient site to share expertise, opinions and knowledge for people of art, educators and many others who are interested in culture and art.
Over the past 10 years, the project has attracted 4,700 artists and galleries from 50 countries and 60 regions of Russia. Festival events have been attended by more than 2.5 million people.
This year, the exhibition will display the works of 300 artists from 40 countries, including Azerbaijan, Angola, UK, Italy, France, etc.
The most interesting exhibits at the festival also include works by Zurab Tsereteli and exhibits from renewed galleries such as Mamontov's Gallery, Ridzhina Gallery, NEW OLD ART GALLERY and others.
Sakit Mammadov is one of the most famous artists, whose works are in major art galleries and private collections around the world. His latest exhibition in London, which took place in the spring caused a furore among art critics. The artist himself was presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
His paintings "Offended angel", "Heritage", "Unison", "Clowns on holiday "aroused great public interest.
The biography of the Azerbaijani artist is included into the Encyclopedia 'People of our millennium' which is released with the support of the Presidential Administration of Russia, Federation Council, State Duma, UN and UNESCO information center.
National artist Tahir Salahov is one of the most prominent representatives of the Azerbaijani art.
The artist 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.
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