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Artist historian and philosopher Ilya Glazunov

The painting 'Eternal Russia', 1988, one of the artist’s central works shows us in one panorama the entire history of Russia Artist historian and philosopher Ilya Glazunov
The painting ‘Eternal Russia’, 1988, one of the artist’s central works shows us in one panorama the entire history of Russia (the image can be enlarged). Artist historian and philosopher Ilya Glazunov (June 10, 1930 – July 9, 2017)

Artist historian and philosopher Ilya Glazunov
The painting ‘Eternal Russia’, 1988, one of the artist’s central works shows us in one panorama the entire history of Russia. The painting measures 3 x 6 meters. The great artist’s genuine fame was achieved as the result of the enormous lines of visitors to his exhibits, both at home and abroad. The West German news magazine “Der Spiegel” once wrote: “He who is against Glazunov is against Russia.” The extraordinary vision of Glazunov the artist, historian and philosopher is realized in the stunningly beautiful harmony of color and his confident use of foreshortening, grouping, and composition rhythm. The painting “Eternal Russia” is a textbook of Russian history in its genuine majesty, a song of the glory of our nation. The paintings of Ilya Glazunov are open books for all who wish to know and better understand Russia.

Eternal Russia, fragment
Eternal Russia, fragment

Meanwhile, Ilya Glazunov – Rector of the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. Besides, he is an active Member of the Russian Academy of the Arts, Professor, and People’s Artist of the USSR. In addition, he is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academies of the Arts in Madrid and Barcelona. Also, a recipient of the “Gold Medal of Picasso” awarded by UNESCO for Contributions to World Culture, and Recipient of Jawaharlal Nehru Award, as well as Laureate of the State Award of the Russian Federation.

Noteworthy, Glazunov’s illustrations for the works of his favorite writer, philosopher, and Russian prophet, Fyodor Dostoevsky, brought him worldwide fame. He is the only artist to have illustrated the complete works of the great writer. Glazunov’s illustrations and portraits of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russia’s national treasure, are imbued with a philosophical profundity and with the spirit of the great imperial city of St. Petersburg. Copies of Dostoevsky novels illustrated by Glazunov have become rarities.

In fact, the impact of “Mystery of the Twentieth Century” might be compared to the explosion of an atomic bomb. The first version of the painting was completed in 1977, when Soviet art, mired within the stifling framework of the lies of Socialist realism, was busy singing the praises of Lenin, Khrushchev, and the Communist Party. The work, which required a titanic effort, portrays with concrete images our apocalyptic twentieth century world.

Artist historian and philosopher Ilya Glazunov

Fragment of painting Eternal Russia
Fragment of painting Eternal Russia
Painting Eternal Russia, fragment
Painting Eternal Russia, fragment
1988. Eternal Russia, fragment
1988. Eternal Russia, fragment
Detail of Eternal Russia
Detail of Eternal Russia
I. Glazunov. Eternal Russia, fragment
I. Glazunov. Eternal Russia, fragment
Great Experiment, 1990 (the image can be enlarged)
Great Experiment, 1990 (the image can be enlarged)
The contribution of the USSR to world culture and civilization. 1980 (the image can be enlarged)
The contribution of the USSR to world culture and civilization. 1980 (the image can be enlarged)
Market of our democracy. 1999
Market of our democracy. 1999
1999. Market of our democracy
1999. Market of our democracy
Painting Market of our democracy. 1999
Painting Market of our democracy. 1999
Glazunov. Market of our democracy. 1999
Glazunov. Market of our democracy. 1999
My life (in the center – self portrait of Ilya Glazunov)
My life (in the centre – self portrait of Ilya Glazunov)
Anthem to heroes. 1984. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Anthem to heroes. 1984. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Kiss of Judas. 1985
Kiss of Judas. 1985
Mystery of the Twentieth Century, 1999
Mystery of the Twentieth Century, 1999
Raising of Lazarus. 1987
Raising of Lazarus. 1987
The Grand Inquisitor. The left part of the triptych. 1985
The Grand Inquisitor. The left part of the triptych. 1985
To your health. 1977. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
To your health. 1977. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Poet Alexander Blok and the Stranger (Unknown Woman). 2009
Poet Alexander Blok and the Stranger (Unknown Woman). 2009
Dostoyevsky, Illustration for F. Dostoyevsky’s short story ‘White Nights’. 1970
Dostoyevsky, Illustration for F. Dostoyevsky’s short story ‘White Nights’. 1970
Grushen’ka. Illustration for F. Dostoevsky novel ‘The Brothers Karamazov’. 1983
Grushen’ka. Illustration for F. Dostoyevsky’s novel ‘The Brothers Karamazov’. 1983
‘White Nights’. 1970. Illustration for F. Dostoevsky short story
‘White Nights’. 1970. Illustration for F. Dostoevsky short story
Vladimir Putin and Ilya Glazunov
Vladimir Putin and Ilya Glazunov
Nasten’ka. Illustration for F. Dostoyevsky’s short story ‘White Nights’. 1970
Nasten’ka. Illustration for F. Dostoyevsky’s short story ‘White Nights’. 1970
The Dreamer. Illustration for F. Dostoyevsky’s short story 'White Nights'. 1970
The Dreamer. Illustration for F. Dostoyevsky’s short story ‘White Nights’. 1970
Unknown Woman
Unknown Woman
Nina. Portrait of the Artist's Wife. 1955. Property of the author
Nina. Portrait of the Artist’s Wife. 1955. Property of the author
Self-portrait with his family. 1986. Oil on canvas
Self-portrait with his family. 1986. Oil on canvas
Artist historian and philosopher Ilya Glazunov (June 10, 1930 - July 9, 2017)
Artist historian and philosopher Ilya Glazunov (June 10, 1930 – July 9, 2017)
Vladimir Putin in painting of Glazunov
Vladimir Putin in painting of Glazunov

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