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NIKOLAI KARAKHAN (1900-1970) Still life with melon, apples and pomegranate
signed on the reverse oil on panel 27 x 15.5 cm Nikolai Georgievich Karakhan, painter, graphic artist was born in 1900 in Azerbaijan and died in 1970 in Uzbekistan. His career is typical of the Uzbek avant-garde, from the conventionally decorative paintings of the 1920s to the post-war landscapes and the praise of heroic work of the 1930s. He lived in Tashkent, worked as a landscape painter, portraitist, painted on the themes of life, work, industrialization in Uzbekistan. When Uzbekistan began the "struggle for the creation of thematic painting" embodying modern life, Karakhan, as a member of the Volkov Izobrigada group, the Tashkent branch of the Association of Revolutionary Artists, became actively involved in the task of developing this theme. For his efforts he was awarded the title of People's Artist of the Uzbek SSR. The works of N.G. Karakhan are in many museum collections, the State Tretyakov Gallery, State Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, one of the most important collections of works has Karahan State Museum of Arts. Savitskiy in Nukus (862 paintings and graphics).