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Victor
Isaakovich Gershman

Russia 
1921−2002
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Born in Moscow on 7 July 1921 in the family of employees.

The parents have given the Victor in the nursery school at the College. 1905. At age 14 his drawings were exhibited at the 1st International exhibition of children's drawings, it was held in Moscow at the State Museum of fine arts in may-June, 1934 In the exhibition catalogue the picture "Male portrait", painted in oil.

Upon graduation from high school in 1939, Victor entered the Moscow textile Institute, art Department, but in the autumn of 1939 he was called up for active service in the Soviet Army and sent to the Kaluga branch of the pyrotechnics.

Before the demobilization in 1941 the Great Patriotic war, and the resignation did not take place. The war, he went from the beginning to the end. Was the commander of a hospital train.

After the war with Germany was sent to the Primorsky military district on the war with Japan. It was demobilized in March 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant.

After demobilization was recovered for study at the Moscow textile Institute. After graduation (July 21, 1951) was sent to work on a Margelansky silk factory in the Ferghana region of the Uzbek SSR, the head of a Studio.

In February 1956 he returned to Moscow and enrolled at the mill "Tryokhgornaya manufactory" in the art Studio to the position of the artist.

All the years Victor in addition to working in the factories was fond of works "for the soul", spending all my free time. Worked with watercolor, ink, pencil, oil, became fascinated with collage. During the holidays went to the Baltic republics, Central Asia, the Caucasus, North of Russia, where from sunrise to sunset painted the landscape, architecture, still lifes.

Their work not advertise, did not offer for sale, because I thought that this is a problem of the future, and a modest life and have enough wages for official work.

In 60-70-e years became interested in non-traditional painting, abstract art. In those years, met E. M. by Velutinum and worked for several years in his Studio in the village of Abramtsevo.

Was a participant of the exhibition in the Arena in 1990, Two of his paintings were on display: "the Head Jew" and "Doomed". Paintings together with the exhibition was aimed to be shown in America. His paintings are interested in American art and he gave them to the Museum, Zimmerly Art Museum.

Mostly, his group work with Velutinum remained in the village of Abramtsevo in the Studio Belutin. Judging by the catalogue 2004 "New reality" edited by the Polish art historian Agnieszka Dobroczynski, many pictures of Gershman exhibited at exhibitions in the village of Abramtsevo, as well as in various museums in Russia, USA, Germany, Cyprus.

After 1982, for health reasons Viktor was not able to go to work in Abramtsevo, but at home, long hours, hours worked on their "ideas" in different styles and different materials, correcting harm from the time the collages, most of the time doing portraits, actually until the last day of life.

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