Still Life with Flask
Still Life with Flask

Korzhev, Geli Mikhailovich

1925 -

Still Life with Flask

Oil on board

76.2 x 56cm




Collection of the artist

Korzhev portrait

Gely Mikhailovich Korzhev-Chuvelev (born 7 July 1925) is a leading Russian painter of the Soviet period. The artist studied at the Moscow State Art School from 1939 to 1944 under V. V. Pochitalov, M.V. Dobroserdov and A.O. Barshch.  From 1944 to 1950 he studied at the Moscow State Art Institute under S.V. Gerasimov and V.V. Pochitalov.  A painter in the Soviet approved style of Socialist Realism he was a founder of the ‘Severe Style,’ continues to be active today, and remains a supporter of Communism. 

Korzhev’s work is well represented in the Tretyakov Gallery and the Russian Museum and he remains one of the most of the most influential Russian painters of the second half of the 20th century.


Korzhev speaking to an assembly at the House of Youth, 1960

Much revered in Russia for past 30 years the artist now has a growing international reputation and in 2007 had his first international exhibition at the Russian Museum in Minneapolis(TMORA).  The Tretyakov curators have been trying unsuccessfully to persuade the artist to have a retrospective at their museum in Moscow for many years.

Still Lifes constitute an important part of this artist’s output and he is well known for his carefully balanced compositions and his ability to successfully render different textures in paint.  

 The various props such as the water carrier and metal pouring jug are favorite props of the artist and appear in many of his paintings. 

Although the arrangements of objects look like they were casually arranged in fact the artist situates the objects very carefully to create a balanced and harmonious composition.   

Korzhev always had an eye for interesting objects, which he could use in his still life studies, and he collected these from his numerous travels around the extremities of Russia.  He has said that he used his still life painting as practice to work out problems and experiment and he has observed, in the rare interviews he has given, that he believes that in time his still lifes will come to be considered amongst his most important work.   




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