Stilleven in de studio van Schilder - Josif Gurvich
Iosif Gurvich was born on the 31st of January 1907 in Kishinev (Moldova). He was a student at the Odessa Art School in 1923 – 1925 and graduated in 1930 from the Odessa Art Institute. In 1929 he had his first exhibition in Kiev. Gurvich took part in several “art-brigades”, where artists worked together on revolutionary subjects. In the latter part of his life Gurvich was active in Moscow.
Gurvich was a wonderful painter of portraits, landscapes and still-lifes. And most of all Gurvich was a lyrical master of colour. He had said once: "I adhere to the positions of easel painting. That is where I believe the artist can best express his individuality and inner world, create images of contemporaries, tackle the subject of man and nature. My task is the problem of colour. Colour is what matters most of all in the painter's work, for it is colour that conveys the painting's impact on the beholder, and it is colour that conveys the form."
Gurvich's paintings are saturated with colour. His paintings can be seen in several museums, such as Relaxation (1930) in the Museum of Ukrainian Art in Kiev, The Cavalry on the Way to the Front (1942) in the Krasnodar Art Museum, Building the Volga-Don Canal (1951) at the Rostov-on-Don Museum of Art and in the museums of Voroshilovgrad, Berdyansk, Donetsk, Baku, Voronezh, Alma Ata and the Museum of the Revolution and the Museum of History and Reconstruction, both in Moscow. Gurvich took part in many exhibitions in Russia and abroad. In 1976 he had a solo-exhibition in Moscow. He died in Moscow in 1993.
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