Armenian painters have always impressed with their unique style and the ways of self expression.
Many Armenian painters are known throughout the world thanks to their talent and peculiarities typical only to them. Most of the best works of outstanding Armenian painters are demonstrated in National Gallery of Armenia. Some of them have even their own galleries.
Here we have chosen best Armenian painters belonging to different styles and periods. So, we are pretty sure, some of them will probably become your favorites from this list.
Armenian Painters #1: Martiros Saryan – The Master of Colors (1880-1972)
Martiros Saryan is one of the most outstanding Armenian painters ever. It’s difficult to list Armenian painters and not to mention this brilliant painter.
Martiros Saryan’s talent is mostly associated in his amazing ability to combine colors so delicately that it is impossible not admire.
It’s not surprising why he was called the master of colors. If you watch Martiros Saryan paintings you’ll notice a heavenly calming feeling in each of his painting.
The main inspiration of this Armenian painter has always been his motherland Armenia and its nature. Very often the image of Armenia and Armenian nature is associated with the paintings of Martiros Saryan.
Martiros Saryan belongs to one off the honored Armenian painters whose name will live forever. There is a street with his name in Yerevan and the museum of Martiros Saryan is situated right on this street. You can admire his paintings in there. Some of them are in the National Gallery of Armenia.
Armenian Painters #2: Minas Avetisyan – The “Most Armenian” Painter (1928- 1975)
If you want to see true colors and depiction of Armenian spirit, then you’ll need watch Minas Avetisyan’s paintings.
In Armenian painters list, this painter has a special place. Minas Avetisyan’s parents escaped Armenian Genocide and very often Minas, being a child, listened to his parents’ horrifying stories which they had eye witnessed during the massacres.
This reflected to the young artist’s further works. Minas travelled a lot in Armenian villages and got known the Armenian rural life and nature.
The first exhibition of Minas Avetisyan was in 1960. After his first exhibition, his talent was appreciated highly at once. The bright and colorful childhood memories spent in the village had influenced Minas Avetisyan’s works greatly. He painted mostly landscapes and rural scenes.
During his tragically short life, Minas has painted more than 500 canvases and 20 large frescoes. The frescoes are hanging on the walls of different buildings in Yerevan, Gyumri and Vahanaberd.
Unfortunately, because of the earthquake in Gyumri some part of the frescoes was damaged. Though, being under the care, the frescoes are not in a good condition today. They are difficult to remove because of their large sizes.
Armenian Painters #3: Hovhannes Ayvazovski – The Great Marine Painter (1817-1900)
Hovhannes Ayvazovki is a worldwide known Armenian painter. Moreover, marine art is mostly associated with him. One of his masterpieces which is almost impossible not to recognize at once is the painting called “The ninth wave”.
Hovhannes was raised in an Armenian family in the black sea port of Feodosia in Crimea. So, most of his time he spent studying the sea scenes and trying to recreate their beauty in his canvases.
Watching the paintings of Hovhannes Ayvazoski and not admiring is literally impossible. Ayvazoski is one of the most influential Armenian painters, worth to special attention.
By the way, there is even a saying “worthy of Ayvazovski’s brush”. This saying is used to describe something purely delightful. Hovhannes Ayvazoski is buried in Armenia as he had requested before his death.
Armenian Painters #4: Arshil Gorky – The Armenian Master of Abstract Expressionism (1904-1048)
Though living a short life, this Armenian painter has managed to leave a huge cultural heritage and has his honorable place in Armenian painters list.
Arshil Gorky is considered one of the influential leaders of abstract expressionism along with Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock etc.
Arshil Gorky also belongs to those Armenian painters who experienced the sufferings of Armenian Genocide and that is indirectly reflected in his paintings. One of his most outstanding works is the painting called “The artist and his mother”. Arshil Gorky recreated the painting based on photograph, which is taken when he was in Armenia with his mother.
Arhsil gave special meaning to this painting. His mother starved to death in 1919. In this painting, he put all his sweetest and also most painful recollections connected with his mother. The tragic death of his mother had its influence on the young Armenian artist.
The paining is considered one of the most powerful paintings of 20th century. This wonderful painting gives an extremely great flow of emotions to the viewer at once.
Armenian Painters #5: Vardges Surenyants – The founder of Armenian Historical Painting (1860-1921)
Vardges Surenyants is one of the best-known Armenian painters both in Armnia and Russia. Vardges Surnenyants is officially considered the founder of Armenian historical painting.
The main topics of his paintings contain various Armenian legends, outstanding historical events, characters and fairy tales. One of his best-known painting among the list of hundreds of others is the painting “Salome”, which has always been widely admired.
By the way, one of the most peculiar things about Vardges Surenyants is that despite his wide fame and honor, he only had a single exhibition during his lifetime.
Armenian Painters #6: Yeghishe Tadevosyan – Armenian Painter Belonging to Classics (1870-1936)
Yeghishe Tadevosyan is an Armenian painter that was especially known and recognized during Soviet period. He was the representative of Armenian realism and impressionism.
The topics of his paintings are various. He was awarded by renowned Master of Arts by Armenian SSR. We would recommend to pay special attention to the famous painting by this Armenian painter called “The genius and the crowd”. It is one of the most successful paintings of Yeghishe Tadevosyan.
Armenian Painters #7: Jean Garzou – Modern Armenian Painter(1907-2000)
Jean Garzou is a French Armenian painter who is widely recognized not only in Armenia, but throughout the world. He has especially great honor in France where the spent most years of his life.
Garzou is considered to be the representative of modern art. You can see Garzou’s paintings in different corners of the world. Garozou’s paintings in Armenia are located in modern art Museum Yerevan.
By the way, Garzou illustrated the novels of such names as Ernest Hemingway and Albert Camus.
Armenian Painters #8: Jean Jansem – The Painter of Harmony (1920-2013)
Jean Jansem is another French-Armenian painter and representative of modern art. He is internationally known and recognized and included in museums collections in different countries of the world, such as in USA, France Japan.
Jansem is known for his realistic style. The first stage of Jansem’s art was introduced by typically national topics and later it transferred into more universal ones.
Jansem is especially known for his tender depiction of dance scenes.
Armenian Painters #9: Gevorg Bashinjaghyan – The master of Armenian landscape (1857-1925)
You’ll hardly find any Armenian painter whose name is so much associated with landscape painting in Armenia.
Passion towards his motherland and talent of depicting whole beauty of Armenian nature made this Armenian painter one of the mostly known as Armenian landscape painters of the era.
Armenian Painters #10: Hovsep Pushman – An Artist with Unique Exotic Style (1877-1966)
Hovsep Pushman is an Armenian painter who spent most of his life in US. He is widely known and recognized thanks to his still life paintings and sensitive paintings of women.
The exotic colorings in his paintings are vividly noticeable. Hovsep Pushamn was a great expert of female beauty.
Hovsep Pushman belongs to those painters who have always been honored both by art critics, collectors and just admirers of art. Female portraits of this Armenian painter are especially valuable.
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