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Galina
Alexandrovna Gerasimova

Russia 
1918−1979
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Born in the city of Kozlov (now Michurinsk) in the family of the famous artist, a member of the Academy of Arts, Alexander Mikhailovich Gerasimov. She studied painting with her father and, after the family moved to Moscow, with his eminent colleagues. She began to draw from postcards, then from nature, giving preference to colors. In 1942 she became a member of the Moscow Association of Artists, founded at the end of the 19th century. The lyrical, heartfelt and purely feminine art of Galina Gerasimova is almost forgotten today. In the Soviet years, her work was not as socially engaged and as famous as the painting of her father, Alexander Mikhailovich Gerasimov. He was one of the most eminent artists of the Stalinist era, "the Kremlin's favorite artist", the author of works on the theme of which essays were always written in schools, "After the Rain. Wet Terrace" (1935), "I. V. Stalin and K.E. Voroshilov on a walk in the Kremlin "(1938). During wartime, her works were exhibited in the windows of the exhibition hall on Kuznetsky Most, next to the battle posters "Windows TASS", decorated the interiors of the hotels "Moscow", "National" and "Central". Three still lifes and two landscapes by Galina Gerasimova were purchased by the naval attaché for the British Admiralty. The forget-me-nots written by her adorned the Central Committee's sanatorium in Foros. The favorite theme of her works were flowers (gladioli, tulips, daffodils, roses, peonies, asters, forget-me-nots, chamomile and her favorite lilac). Less often she painted landscapes, depicted fruits, berries, vegetables, mushrooms. The works of Galina Gerasimova are simple in composition, in their largely naive forms they reflect a direct emotional perception of the surrounding reality. In the 60s - 70s, reproductions of her paintings were often placed in Soviet magazines, published in thousands of copies on greeting cards. They wrote about her in the editions of central newspapers, reproductions of her still lifes with flowers and fruits were published in thousands of copies on postcards, which now for many make up an unforgettable aroma of childhood memories. The collection "Gelos-Heritage" includes paintings from the late 1960s - 70s, one of the most interesting periods in the artist's work. Galina Gerasimova's cheerful, naive and "juicy" writing style has fully manifested itself in the last years of her work. Her paintings, so piercingly sincere, are filled with admiration for the fleeting beauty of the world. In simple and naive forms, they express a direct emotional sense of reality. The artist intuitively felt the color and in her works achieved a harmonious sound in the composition of many intense shades. In some ways, her painting resembles the canvases of Henri Matisse, who used a simplified drawing and a plane image to directly convey the impression. Landscapes of simple composition, roses in crystal vases, luxurious lilac branches and gifts of autumn once adorned the old estate of Galina Gerasimova's father in the village of artists. Today, the paintings of the talented heiress convey the impression of the elusive beauty of her life. The works are kept in the memorial house of the museum-estate of her father, A.M. Gerasimov in Michurinsk, as well as in private collections in Russia and abroad.
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  • Styles of art
    Realism, Surrealism
  • Techniques
    Oil
  • Art forms
    Painting
  • Subjects
    Still life
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