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Hall 2: The Odessa School of Painting and its leader Yuriy Yegorov

The Odessa School of Painting was formed in the 60s-70s. Yuriy Yegorov was its founder, theorist and leader due to the unique personality of the artist. It’s hardly possible to overestimate the significance of this person for the cultural and artistic life of the City. Continuing and developing the Odessa painting tradition he transformed it and revived its spirits.

«Autumn Fruits»
«Autumn Fruits»Yuriy Yegorov, 107х107, 1991, canvas/oil

«Autumn Fruits»
«Morning in September»
«Sea. Sail»
«Woman near the Sea»
«Tapestry “Ecology”»
«Window on the World. Glass Painting Sketch»
«London Landscape»
«Water Polo. Tapestry Sketch»
«From the series \
«Confectioner’s Shop in Moldovanka»
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The aesthetics of works by Yuriy Yegorov was out of the limits determined by socialistic realism yet in the beginning of the 60s. The stylistics of “the severe style” proved to be not versatile enough for him either. Yegorov was searching for images showing the world around in all great power of the elements, full of power, freedom, passion and triumphing energy.

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The symbol and apologia of freedom in the art works by Yegorov is the image of the sea. His sea is a free, planetary Ocean, without any possible restrictions. If you approach such a sea swiftly, it besots your head. The artist values the power of elements in the natural matter. Bending the horizon, the sea rolls an immense mass of water. With all its power and hypnotic vastness, Yegorov’s sea doesn’t frighten the viewer, but charms. No minor nuances in the mood of the waters escape from him: the arising sapphire blue contrasts under the dazzling sunlight, the cold silver under the leaden clouds or the rosy glow under the rays of the setting sun. In addition, the sea is almost always ideally balanced by the surrounding landscape, a boat, some sails and women’s figures.
 
Still-life by Yuriy Yegorov arouses totally different thoughts and emotions. They are as meaningful as the sea, but more festive and luminous. What is more, they are not just reflections, a meagerly recorded moment of life, but a peculiar microcosm, created by the author. A cone crossed by arrows suddenly appears from nowhere near a vase, which gives an ordinary still life a metaphysical rhythm and a philosophical perception.
It is a very important peculiarity of the art works by Yegorov  – they are made in order to achieve the Object. The main things are always clearly marked: sunny fruit, gleam of sunshine on the water, the vertical line of women’s figures, geometry of the contours, almost mystical geometric signs and volumes – everything, which lets you get into the particular state of the Idea.
The versatile talent of the artist found its embodiment in various branches of his creative work. He was successful working with stained-glass windows, tapestries, making sketches of sculpture and architectural objects. Tapestry “Ecology”, made by his wife Tatiana on Yegorov’s sketch, impresses the viewers by the purity and plasticity of the image. The choice of the material and texture completely correspond Yegorov’s style. We can see a light and refined composition. The fish and birds, the waves and the arrows in the space of the Ocean, as symbols of the planet, which is protected by two hands located against the background of stars in the upper corners of the composition.
 
Today the scale of the phenomenon in the history of art under the name of Yuriy Yegorov has become totally obvious. He did not only create his own aesthetics, but also formulated the theoretical bases of the peculiarities of the new Odessa School of Painting; he also cultivated these views in his numerous pupils and followers.
Yuriy Yegorov himself defined the main components of Odessa School: “…Firstly, presence of tradition…we have predecessors – those who refracted impressionism in their creative work…Secondly, likeness with the French School of Painting…Thirdly – live impressions of Odessa, with its air, image and mood”.
The mood… It is created by expressive, harmonical and integral forms, ideally arranged within the canvas, and the peculiar southern coloring.
The lyricism of the direct perception, avoiding any dramatic effect in the harmonious unity of nature and the human. The power of emotions is not expressed in an expressive way, on the contrary the most delicate tone correlations are used, which avoid contrast… The Odessites prefer delicacy of correlations to brightness of colors.
Integrity of form, whatever transformations it undergoes, never loses its steadiness and remains indivisible.
Figurativeness is the determining quality of the Odessa painting. The world of subjects in the works of the Odessites is distinguished with its maturity: the form, color, texture all seamlessly. The prevailing plasticity is above the plot, it emphasizes the expressiveness of images.
Yu.Yegorov lay a foundation and created the criteria of assessment of his own way of creative work for several generations of painters, which still serves as the guideline in the search of the truth. His role in the development of the Odessa avant-garde is unique. In 60s-70s Yegorov’s moral and spiritual support helped young artists-nonconformists resist the pressing from the side of the authorities. Many artists of Odessa were influenced by him in this or that degree, they learnt to be independent in their views and obtained originality. The works by some of his students and associates exhibited in the hall are interesting with their variety of stylistics, the depth of sensory perception and professionalism.