Art Gallery

Art Gallery is a new project of Caucasian Journal. Art Gallery will be showcasing some masterpieces from South Caucasian artists who are less known to international public.  




PORTRAIT OF COMPOSER IRAKLI ORBELIANI (oil on canvas) by Ketevan Magalashvili, 1925

Ketevan  Magalashvili ( ქეთევან მაღალაშვილი, 1894 -1973) was a Georgian painter and art conservator.

A native of Kutaisi, Magalashvili began her studies at the School of the Caucasian Society of Fine Arts, moving to Moscow in 1915 to study at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, where her instructors included Konstantin Korovin. She returned to Georgia in 1917; traveled to Paris in 1923, enrolling at the Académie Colarossi and remaining there until 1926.
Works by Magalashvili are in the collection of the National Gallery of Georgia and in numerous private collections.







SKETCH FOR "WINGED PAINTER" (paper, pencil, watercolor, fragment) by Petre Otskheli, 1936

Petre Otskheli (პეტრე ოცხელი, 1907 –1937) was a Georgian modernist theatrical set and costume designer, born in Kutaisi. His scenographic constructivism has had a lasting influence on the Georgian scenic design.
During the Stalinism repressions in 1936, Otskheli fled from persecution to Moscow, where he was recruited by his fellow countryman Sergo Amaghlobeli, director of Moscow Maly Theatre. In 1937, both Otskheli and Amaghlobeli were arrested and shot on trumped-up charges of treason.





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SEMIRAMIS (tempera on plywood, fragment) by Merab Abramishvili, 1993

Merab Abramishvili (მერაბ აბრამიშვილი; 1957 – 2006) was a Georgian painter, born in Tbilisi.
Impressed by the medieval frescoes from the Ateni Sioni Church, the artist adopted the gesso technique to create the texture of a mural in his easel painting. Due to his unique visual language and aesthetics, Abramishvili emerged as one of the leading Georgian artists.  His paintings are treasured by the Art Museum of Georgia and National Gallery of Art in Tbilisi as well as Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and private collections in Finland and the United States.





SALOME by Vardges Surenyants, 1907

Vardges Sureniants (Վարդգես Սուրենյանց,1860 – 1921) was Armenian painter and sculptor, born in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia. He is considered the founder of Armenian historical painting. He was also known for illustrations of literary works, including Ferdowsi's Shahname, Alexander Pushkin's The Fountain of Bakhchisaray,  fairy tales of Oscar Wilde.
In 1916 in Tiflis he and other artists such as Martiros Saryan and Panos Terlemezian founded the Armenian Artistic Society.
Sureniants had only one exhibition during lifetime, but there have been many posthumous exhibitions in his honor, including exhibitions at Venice (1924), Yerevan (1931, 1941, 1960, 2010) and elsewhere.



SKETCH FOR "APRAKUNE CHIMCHMELI" (paper, pencil, watercolor, fragment) by Petre Otskheli, 1934




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