A. Gerasimov. Portrait of the oldest Soviet artists I. Pavlov, V. Baksheev, V. Byalynitsky-Biruli and V. Meshkov  “My group portrait was not accidental,” says the author of the canvas. “For a long time I dreamed of portraits of Russian Soviet artists of the older I wanted to show their democratism and characterize them as the bearers of those noble national realistic traditions that are associated with contemporary art with the past. That’s why it was I. Pavlov, V. N. Bakshey who appeared on my group portrait VK Byalynitsky-Birulya, VN Meshkov…
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Eighty-two-year-old Vasily Nikolayevich Baksheev is depicted retaining his ardent creative zeal. According to the picturesque performance this picture is one of the artist’s best works. In a general, rather soft color gamut Gerasimov introduces some strong color strokes. Portrait captivates the integrity of the coloristic performance, temperamental skill, artistry of painting. Drawing attention to the picturesque solution of the interior and still life on the table. This master has achieved harmonic unity of all the composite parts of the portrait, a convincing connection between man and the situation. The creation of a group portrait of the oldest artists was a long and hard work. One of the portraits, Ivan Nikolaevich Pavlov, in his memoirs details about Gerasimov’s work on this painting. ” One fine morning, Alexander came to me quite unexpectedly and said: “Look here, Vanya, do not worry, I’m taking you with me. – Where? “You’ll find out later.” And so I was brought to Gerasimov’s workshop in the village of Sokol, in a cozy little house on Levitan Street, with a small garden where his favorite roses are bred. I look – in the workshop sit Baksheev and Byalynitsky.
A little later was brought and Vasily Nikitich Meshkov. All of us together were three hundred years old. Then Alexander Mikhailovich opened his cards before us. He decided to write a group portrait of the oldest artists and chose us as his victim. This portrait he attaches special importance to his work and wants to express the best features of his creative self. From this day began the portrait sessions and meetings of the four old men of “sitters”. We were created a situation, portrayed in a portrait – with a round table, a solid decanter and a vase of fruit, a background where the painting hung in a wide golden frame and there was an antique bust. Alexander Mikhaylovich neatly drove over us in his car and just as carefully took everyone home… We posed, probably, at least twenty sessions, each of which lasted two or three hours. In interruptions we talked animatedly. “Gerasimov himself is also curious about the work on the portrait, he says that he did not deliberately seat his” sitters “:” At the table they have settled each to their own taste. “Ivan Nikolaevich Pavlov was the most talkative.” He literally he could not sit in silence for a minute, told his long and interesting life, recalled long gone days and long gone people. “I remember exactly that,” says the painter, “that I tried to write each of the artists exactly in those m omy, when he forgot that a portrait was being made from him.
It was at such moments that each of them was the most natural, unconstrained. “As a portraitist, Gerasimov felt a special responsibility to VN Meshkov – for he himself was an outstanding master of the portrait.” Vasily Nikitich strictly followed the execution of my portrait and was sometimes merciless in the assessment done. But all his remarks went only for the benefit of the work. “” Portrait of the oldest Soviet artists “is a deeply meaningful work of Soviet painting that helps us understand and love the images of beautiful Russian artists of the older generation who devoted their creativity to the Soviet people, who faithfully gave the traditions of national realistic art This was the way the author understood the meaning of his work on the group portrait and the author himself: “If young generations,