Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Niko Pirosmani is what Georgians are proud about,he was self -educated,artist.He is one of the outstanding primitivism painters in the World.
Niko Pirosmani Pirosmani was born in the Georgian village of Mirzaani to a peasant family in the Kakheti province. His parents, Aslan Pirosmanashvili and Tekle Toklikishvili were farmers. He was later orphaned and put in the care of his two elder sisters, Mariam and Pepe. He moved with them to Tbilisi in 1870.
Pirosmani gradually taught himself to paint. One of his specialties was painting directly into black oilcloth. In 1882 he, with self-taught George Zaziashvili, opened a painting workshop, where they were making signboards.He also work for shopkeepers in Tbilisi ― he was creating signboards, paintings and portraits according to their orders. Although his paintings had some local popularity
In April 1918 he died of malnutrition and liver failure. He was buried at the Nino cemetery; the exact location is unknown as it was not registered.Niko Pirosmanashvili’s paintings were represented at the first big exhibition of Georgian painters in 1918. From 1920th few articles were published about him in Georgian periodical press.
Pirosmani’s paintings were in influenced by the social conditions, where he lived. There are many works about merchants, shopkeepers, workmen and noblemen groups. Pirosmanashvili was fond of nature and rural live. He rarely referred to city landscape.Usually Pirosmani panted on oilcloth. In his paintings it is notable that he didn’t have special education, but it didn’t impede him to create his works ― on the contrary, his paintings are peculiar.
The Moscow newspaper "Moskovskaia Gazeta" of January 7 wrote about the exhibition "Mishen" where self-taught painters exhibited, among them four works by Pirosmani: "Portrait of Zhdanevich", "Still Life", "Woman with a Beer Mug", and "The Roe". Critics writing later in the same newspaper were impressed with his talent.
The Society of Georgian Painters, founded in 1916 by Dito Shevardnadze, invited Pirosmani to its meetings and began to take him up, but his relations with the society were always uneasy.Pirosmani was the subject of a film by Giorgi Shengelaya, made in 1969, that won the Grand Prix at the Chicago Film Festival in 1972.
Niko Pirosmani was a brilliant Georgian painter.
Posted by nonka at 4:31 AM