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Hakob Hakobyan
The work of the Armenian painter Hakob Hakobyan is a most important contribution to the artistic culture of Armenia.

Hakobyan came to settle in his historical homeland, Armenia, from Egypt when he was already a mature painter - in 1962.

Before that, the public had a chance to see his works at several exhibitions in Yerevan, Moscow and other cities.

Hakobyan"s early creations are small-size oils: one -figure compositions in interiors and still lifes. The painter strove to convey typological rather than personal character-istics.

His personages are social or occupational types- a tailor, a waiter, and so on. The static figures circumscribed by a space limited in depth, their mood pf constraint and isolation suggest a lonely, miserable existence.

The democratic trend evident in the choice of subjects and characters, the sympathy for the "little man" were the hall-marks of Hakobyan"s early pieces. The subject matter of the paintings done in the 1950s determines their stylistic idiom.

The colour scheme is ascetic, nearly monochrome, the outlinesof the figures and the objectsin the interiors are dark, the forms are somewhat schematic; last but not least, the circumscribed and cramped space further enhances the isolation of the people and things portrayed.

Hakobyan"s coming to stay in Armenia was a crucial landmark in his creative career. For him, getting to know his new world began with the landscape.

Yet his preoccupation with the landscape did not stem from the traditions of the contemporary Armenian painting school; it was prompted by the striving grasp and assimilate the new spatial milieu, dominated by a novel spiritual climate.

Hakobyan"s landscapes are marked by concrete motifs and by an emotional attitude all his own.

They are quite unpretentious but extremely individualized as regards the choice of location. Hakobyan rarely takes up the landscapes that are so popular with the Armenian artists, and he is not drawn to the hallowed architectural relics.

His very first Armenian landscape still evince a stylistic affinity with his own early work, particularly in the treatment of space and colour.

Gradually the painter began to transcend the circumscribed space of the cramped interior, the small courtyard or the narrow lane of a provincial small town. His landscapes become infused with the epic breath of the vast limitless world.

The idea of the venerable age of the land of Armenia, of its grandeur and immutability is conveyed through a few stark details of the natural scene, such as stones, layers of rocks, a dead tree trunk, the poles supporting the electric wires.

Series of landscapes of the Village of Malishka and of Agavnadzor, Areni, and Getap, city-scapes showing the streets of Leninakan, its canals, or old vineyards are important stages in Hakobyan"s progress as a Soviet Armenian painter.

In his striving to comprehend the world around him, the painter proceeds from the particular to the general.Hakobyan"s inherent predilection for meditation and analysis is revealed in his firm, veracious drawing.

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Writer: News
Editor: Eugenia Melkonyan
 Date Added: Wednesday August 02, 2006 13:05:06 

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