Saturday, February 22, 2014

Lado Gudiashvili

Lado Gudiashvili was a 20th-century Georgian painter. Gudiashvili was born in Tbilisi on march 18.1896 into a family of a railroad employee. He studied in the Tbilis school of sculpture and fine art and lather in Ronson's privet academy in Paris. For a while, Gudiashvili belonged to Georgian poets called "The blue Horns" (1914-1918), wgo were tryung to connect organically the Georgian national flavor with the creative structure of French sumbolism. In Paris, he was a constant customer of the famous "La Ruche", a colony of painters where he met I.Zuloaga, Amedeo Modigliani, Natalia Gonchorova and Mikhail Larionov. Gudiashvili;s work was greatly influenced by Niko Pirosmanashvili.
   Filled with the charm of georgian life, the painter's early works combine dramatic grotesque with the charm of poetic mystery ("Live Fish" 1920 , Art Museum of Georgia). Closensess to the traditions of old Caucasian and Presian art was amplified upon his return tu Georgia in 1926. Gudiashvili's colors become warmer, and the perception of the world as a theater grew stronger . Like his compatriots, Gudiashvili freely used muthological allegories, the center of which was a graciously beutiful woman imagined as the musterious "Goddess of the Earth".
   Gudiashvili also worked as a monumentalist. painting anew the Kashveti church in Tbilisi in 1946, for which he was expelled from the Communist Party and fired from the Tbilisi academy of fine arts, where he had been teaching since 1926.
   In the voluminous "antifascist cucle" of Indian ink drawings Gudiashvili became a kind of "Georgian Goya": beastlike monsters surrounded the ruins of art and naked "goddesses" conveyed the ideas of the death if culture.
   Lado Gudiashvili worked also as a book illustrator, cinema and theater decorator. He died on July 20, 1980 in Tbilisi.


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