Sunday, August 22, 2010

(Social) Realism: Turkmenistan Art

Izzat Nazarovich
Klychev (КЛЫЧЕВ Иззат) (1923-2006)

Born Oct. 10, 1923, in the aul (village) of Ialkym, Bairam-Ali Raion, Turkmen SSR. Soviet painter. People’s Artist of the Turkmen SSR (1964); corresponding member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1970).

Klychev studied under B. V. Ioganson, Iu. M. Neprintsev, I. A. Serebrianyi, and other instructors at the I. E. Repin Leningrad Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture from 1947 to 1953. He painted decorative and brightly colored genre scenes, portraits, and still lifes, in which a striving for massive form is combined with attention to specific details. Klychev’s works in the Museum of Fine Arts of the Turkmen SSR in Ashkabad include For a Better Life (1957), Gozel’ (1959), and The New Birth (1972). His paintings Portrait of O. Ersaryev (1961) and Tomorrow Is a Holiday (1972) are registered at the Board of Exhibitions of the Artists’ Union of the USSR in Moscow. Klychev also painted the series My Turkmenia (1963–65; State Prize of the USSR, 1967), the triptych Day of Rejoicing (1967), and V. I. Lenin (1969–70).

Mamed Mamedov (1938-1985)

A graduate of the I.E. Repin Leningrad State Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture and a student of Yevsey Moiseenko, Mamedov returned to his native land in the mid-1970s after refusing a tempting proposal to teach at his alma mater. He began his professional life at the Sh. Rustaveli State Art School and within just a year the young master became a member of the Union of Artists of Turkmenistan.

An honoured artist of Turkmenistan who was awarded the Makhtumkuli State Prize, Mamedov was in love with his native land and his people his entire life. His paintings are found in the collections of the National Tretyakovskiy Gallery, the Museum of Arts of the Peoples of the East and the National Museum of Turkmenistan.

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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