The Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts’ Raphael Hall is hosting an exhibition featuring the work of Victor Reichet, who received the title of People's Artist of Russia.
The artist belongs to a generation of masters whose lives and work were profoundly impacted by World War II. As a student of the Technical Aviation Institute, Victor Reichet went to front. Later, after celebrating the Allies’ victory in newly-liberated Vienna and being honorably discharged from active duty, he made his choice to become an artist. From 1949 to 1955, he was a student at the Painting Department of the Repin Russian Institute of Painting, Sculptor and Architecture. Subsequently, for nearly half a century, the artist taught Painting and Composition at the Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. For the final ten years of his life, Victor Reichet ran a personal studio. One of the main themes in the artist’s oeuvre was a military motif. From the 1960s through the 1980s, Victor Reichet created a number of paintings that were dedicated to World War II, or as Russians know it, the Great Patriotic War. Such works as “Unsubdued” (1958), “To the Partisans” (1963) and others brought the artist recognition and well-deserved fame. The exposition features about 70 of the artist’s works from his family collection, including portraits, landscapes, still lives and genre paintings. On the artistic road, Victor Reichet painted from nature. The exposition displays his etudes and sketches which he prepared outdoors. Among them, one can find a sketched portrait (as well as the finished work) of his friends and colleagues. The landscapes which had been made during his art-related trips throughout Russia and abroad familiarize visitors with the artist’s perception of the beauty of nature and show the strong impressions from Italian, French, and other European cities and their unique atmospheres. The painting “Summer”, in which he used an impressionistic atmosphere is to be mentioned for its unique atmosphere of lights and colours.
The exhibition is open until 28th of October, 2012.