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15.11.2013 – 22.12.2013
Dialogue in Time; Ilarion Pleshchynskyi - Oleksa Zakharchuk
Curator: Julia Zakharchuk
National Art Museum of Ukraine
Curator: Julia Zakharchuk
This project is an original research of the reflections about the lives of two graphic masters. They expressed them in drawings which became related. Drawings from nature are made fast, almost with one move, to fix the fleeting moment of being or state of nature. Both artists preferred that type of drawing, though they perfectly knew other graphic techniques.
Ilarion Pleshchynskyi (1892-1961) is older than Oleksa Zakharchuk for nearly 40 years. He received the professional training as graphic artist first in Petersburg, later, during the World War I, - in Germany, after the October Revolution - in Kazan. From 1924 to his death in 1961 he taught various graphic techniques and led the workshop of book graphics in Kyiv Art Institute.
Oleksa Zakharchuk (1929-2013) graduated from Kharkiv Art College after the World War II. Receiving a strong drawing impulse from his teachers, he drew a lot from nature. Later he developed his individual drawing style in the walls of Kyiv Art Institute, where he met the professor and teacher of Graphic Department Ilarion Pleshchynskyi.
Professor praised the drawings Oleksa Zakharchuk made during summer practice in Kaniv. It was exactly those live drawing, which he admired and practiced himself.
High graphical culture, common tradition, feeling of truth, similarity of worldview, and, most importantly, great love for sketching from nature, unite the artists. Sketching from nature gave to both artists a way to knowledge of the world and possibility of free expression of thoughts and feelings in the challenging conditions of totalitarian system.
Expressiveness of boats in the water and on the shore, rafts, berths, horses, trails, laundry in the wind, motives of early spring and flood, winter fishing, and abandoned neighborhoods immensely exited both artists. Due to the peculiar artistic view these trivial subjects were transformed into true art gems. Through comparison and thoughtfull contemplation an audience will be able to explore the creative individuality of each artist.
The exhibition presents Pleshcynskyi's drawings of different years, mainly of 1940s - early 1960s from the collection of NAMU (which includes over 600 works), and Zakharchuk's works of 1950s - early 1960s from the family collection. The works exhibited confirm the guess of the prominent philosopher Merab Mamardashvili that sometimes several individuals are needed to reproduce one impression.