Saturday, April 3, 2010

(Social) Realism: Armenia

Grigor Khandjyan

In the galaxy of masters that have made the fine arts in Armenia what they are today a pride of place belongs to Grigor Khandjyan. The artist, a brilliant book illustrator, painter, tapestry designer, is well - known and his art is liked far beyond its borders.

Reproducing in his creativity the best traditions of Armenian art and endowed with a wide scope of ideographic vision Khandjyan is able to address himself to a multinational viewing public. His art shows the best fine arts in our own days.

Grigor Khandjyan Sun-flowers 1970

Grigor Khandjyan Illustration for P Sevak poem The Evertolling Bell Tower 1963-1965

Grigor Khandjyan Bread, Love and Day-dream 1964

Grigor Khandjyan The Twilight 1962.

Hakob Hakobyan
The work of the Armenian painter Hakob Hakobyan is a most important contribution to the artistic culture of Armenia. Hakobyan came to settle in his historical homeland, Armenia, from Egypt when he was already a mature painter - in 1962. Before that, the public had a chance to see his works at several exhibitions in Yerevan, Moscow and other cities. Hakobyan's early creations are small-size oils: one -figure compositions in interiors and still lifes. The painter strove to convey typological rather than personal characteristics.

Hakob Hakobyan A woman frying fish 1962

Hakob Hakobyan Still life 1961

Hakob Hakobyan Electricity in the village of malishka 1969

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin ( to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to

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