Outstanding Ukrainian Art

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Outstanding Ukrainian Art

Postby mxsquid » 17 Jul 2008, 13:55

These are mostly oil on canvas and represent some of the art collection assembled by Volodymyr Bilyayev Belanger (Walter Belanger). He was the Managing Editor of ContempoArtUkraine magazine until his untimely passing in 2006.

Mr. Belanger sought to bring awareness of Ukraine's cultural heritage to the United States. He discovered highly talented artists and his mission was to provide encouragement, training, supplies, exhibitions necessary to showcase their work.

The collection has paintings by Kyzenko, Ivaniuk, Dupliy, Chernova, Karnatovych, Orel among many other artists known and "unknown" in Ukraine.

A Still Life example by Leonid Sheludko, "The Secret Vase"

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The following is an example of a Javascript implementation of an art gallery and slideshow. The next steps will be to create a presentation by artist, subject, style, size as the user wishes to view the art.

http://finditgroup.org/Ukraine-Contemporary-Art/
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Re: Outstanding Ukrainian Art

Postby mxsquid » 22 Jul 2008, 19:16

Shtetl Art - Idyllic Village and Rural Scenes from a lost time and place: Ukraine: 20's, 30's, now

Most of the landscape art showcased in Ukrainian Village Life linked at the bottom is by Nestor Kyzenko working in the 1990's. He painted scenes from memory of his childhood in the 1920's and 1930's. Using the quoted definition below, Nestor Kyzenko was an Impressionist artist.

Impressionist art is a style in which the artist captures the image of an object as someone would see it if they just caught a glimpse of it. They paint the pictures with a lot of color and most of their pictures are outdoor scenes. Their pictures are very bright and vibrant. The artists like to capture their images without detail but with bold colors. Some of the greatest impressionist artists were Edouard Manet, Camille Pissaro, Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot and Pierre Auguste Renoir.


Kyzenko painted scenes which reflect beauty, serenity and natural man's peaceful spirit before and during a brutal, dark period created by Dictator Josef Stalin. Stalin's Collectivization induced famine, Holodomor, is yet another Great Crime of the 20th Century.

Mr. Kyzenko passed away in 2006 and his work should be remembered as I believe he was considered the premiere landscape artist of Ukraine.


A sampling by Nestor Kyzenko of the Village (Shtetl) scenes.

Oil on canvas of a fall scene. Kyzenko had the amazing ability to make all colors of water look believable.

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A winter scene

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A spring scene

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Joyous Wedding Procession

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Battle in the Steppes, an omen.

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Nestor Kyzenko Self portrait as a young man. He was most likely born Ukrainian Orthodox Christian.

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Up to 10 million lost their lives from 1932 - 1933 during Holodomor (literally, "death by starvation" ) explained in this short film.




Ukrainian Village Life, Then and Now
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Re: Outstanding Ukrainian Art

Postby mxsquid » 23 Jul 2008, 03:53

Here's one of my favorites by Larysa Kovalenko called "Evening".

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Re: Outstanding Ukrainian Art

Postby mxsquid » 23 Jul 2008, 04:04

A more up-to-date view of a small town done in 2002 by Anatoliy Shevchenko called "Blue Street".

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Re: Outstanding Ukrainian Art

Postby mxsquid » 23 Jul 2008, 04:30

Modern small town. Note the TV antennae. Vitaliy Panasiuk - "City Center"

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Re: Outstanding Ukrainian Art

Postby mxsquid » 23 Jul 2008, 05:47

It is through art, and through art only, that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence." - Oscar Wilde


PBS Great Performances

FROM SHTETL TO SWING premiered on October 5, 2005 on PBS



Fleeing persecution in Russia and Eastern Europe between 1880 and 1924, more than 2.5 million Jews left their small towns, or shtetls, behind and embarked for a new land -- America. A host of kids from New York City's Lower East Side -- Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Sophie Tucker, Molly Picon, Eddie Cantor, Fanny Brice, The Marx Brothers, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and many others -- grew up to capitalize on a vast heritage of Yiddish music and culture, taking 20th-century American entertainment on a musical joyride. Hosted by actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein, written and directed by Fabienne Rousso-Lenoir, FROM SHTETL TO SWING tells the story of the cross-pollination of Jewish and African-American musical influences, two traditions born out of exile and longing, yet charged with an energy and freedom that gave voice to a new multicultural America.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/shows/shtetl/


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From the film distributor: Seventh Art Releasing: Between 1880 and 1924, 2.5 million Jews fled persecution in Russia and Eastern Europe, kissed the shtetl goodbye and migrated to America. Turning a fresh, playful eye to the cultural attitudes and musical styles that proliferated throughout this extraordinarily rich period, from Yiddish theater to musical extravaganza, from klezmer to ragtime, from symphonic jazz to swing - all the way from the Bowery to Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to Hollywood - FROM SHTETL TO SWING recounts the ebullient, screaming-to-be-told story of a musical metamorphosis born in darkest Russia only to blaze across the sky of the Great White Way

7th Art Releasing

Life Has Become Better, Life Has Become Funnier - Nestor Kyzenko oil painting
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