Tuesday, August 24, 2010

(Social) Realism: Georgia Art

Giorgi "Gigo" Gabashvili (1862 – 1936)

Giorgi "Gigo" Gabashvili (Georgian: გიორგი [გიგო] გაბაშვილი) (November 9, 1862 – October 28, 1936) was a Georgian painter and educator. His work was particularly influential since he was the first Georgian realistic artist to cover a wide range of subjects, both in oils and watercolor, including portraits, lanscapes and scenes of everyday life.

Niko Pirosmanashvili (1862-1918)
Niko Pirosmanashvili (generally known internationally as Niko Pirosmani) (Georgian: ნიკო ფიროსმანაშვილი); May 5, 1862-1918) was a Georgian primitivist painter. Pirosmani was born in the Georgian village of Mirzaani to a peasant family in the Kakheti province. His family owned a small vineyard. He was later orphaned and put in the care of his two elder sisters. He move with them to Tbilisi in 1870. In 1872 he worked as a servant for wealthy families and learned to read and write Russian and Georgian. In 1876 he returned to Mirzaani and worked as a herdsman. Pirosmani gradually taught himself to paint. One of his specialties was painting directly into black oilcloth.

Elene Akhvlediani (1901-1975)
Elene Akhvlediani (1901-1975) (Georgian: ელენე ახვლედიანი) was a 20th century Georgian painter, graphic artist, and theater decorator. Akhvlediani is famous for her depictions of Georgian towns, for her illustrations for the works of Ilia Chavchavadze and Vazha-Pshavela, and for designing plays in the Marjanishvili Theater in Tbilisi, Georgia. [...] The interests of Akhvlediani were diverse and included painting, drawing, stage and costume design, and book illustration. But she has gone down in the history of Georgian art as, above all, a master of genre and lyrical landscape painting. Especially prominent in her artistic legacy are the views of Tbilisi, the city in which she had lived many years, which she loved as her own, and to the preservation of whose historical peculiarities she had given much of her energies.

Kukhaashvili Jemal (1952)
Date of Birth 1952, Khoni, Georgia Education 1972 -1978 Tbilisi State Academy of Art, Georgia

Kartvelishvili Goga (1979)
Date of birth
1979, Tbilisi, Georgia. Education 1996-1994- I. Nikoladze Arts School, Tbilisi, Georgia 1996-2001- Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Georgia

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 (http://gaelart.net/) 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.

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