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Sunny artist

Ukraine celebrates the 100th birth anniversary of Yakiv Basov
20 February, 2014 - 11:13

Works by People’s Artist of Ukraine from the Crimea, Yakiv Basov, are widely known in this country and beyond. His paintings are now kept in 42 Ukrainian and Russian museums as well as private collections around the world, and have been included in the permanent exhibitions of the Livadia Palace Museum and Alupka Palace and Park Reserve. He was born in February 1914 in Simferopol and studied at the Crimean studio of Mykola Samokysh, a painting academician. On the latter’s recommendation, Basov went to study in Leningrad. On seeing his works, Senate of the USSR Academy of Arts waived entrance examination for him. He organized his first major exhibition in 1935 in Samarkand, while still a student. Since coming back from WWII frontline service, he lived and worked in Alupka and Yalta. Basov died in 2004, leaving a rich artistic heritage.

To honor the artist’s 100th birth anniversary, Crimean Franko Research Library held recently an art criticism conference, Simferopol House of Artist started an exhibition of his works, Ukrposhta held the special cancellation event for artistic envelope Yakiv Basov 1914-2014 featuring his painting Sunset at Sea, while more exhibitions were held in Yalta, Alupka, Kerch, and Sevastopol. Throughout February, the artist’s 100th birth anniversary commemorative events will also take place in Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Mykolaiv, and Odesa. Basov especially favored landscapes and people of the Crimea when choosing subjects of his works, and these paintings were always full of light and sun, allowing authors of the first book about Basov, published after his death, to call the painter a “sunny artist.”


As noted by critics, Basov’s works reflected all the traits of the 20th century. “The artist was a philosopher, too, he was constantly looking for images in the world around him, which were then transformed by his talent-inspired world outlook and always appeared before the public in the form of finished, perfected by the gift and the highest professionalism of their creator works. He was a master whose paintings made each viewer to empathize, to try to enter his creative laboratory, constantly finding new unique facets of his talent,” executive director of the Association of Reserves and Museums of the Crimea, vice president of the Ukrainian National Committee of the International Museum Community Organization Serhii Pushkariov noted.


Basov liked to donate his works to museums and cultural institutions. More than 600 of the master’s works adorn collections and exhibitions of the Alupka Palace and Park Museum, Alushta House Museum of Architecture Academician Beketov, Yalta Literature and History Museum, Alupka Municipal Museum, art museums of Bakhchysarai, Kerch, Sevastopol, Simferopol, and Crimean Gorky Academic Russian Drama Theater.

By Mykola SEMENA, The Day, Simferopol Photo replicas courtesy of the author
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