The Kuindzhi Artwork Museum, dedicated to the work of influential Ukrainian realist painter Arkhip Kuindzhi (1842–1910), was destroyed March 21 in a Russian airstrike on the Ukraine port metropolis of Mariupol, in response to Lviv, Ukraine-based tradition web site Native Historical past. Kuindzhi, who was of Greek descent, is taken into account vital by each Ukrainians and Russians. Recognized for his extraordinary capability to depict gentle and for his use of sensible colour, he was initially a member of the Wanderers, a nineteenth-century group of Russian realists, earlier than breaking with them and establishing his personal fashion, strikingly embodied within the 1905–08 Crimson Sundown on the Dnieper, at present held within the assortment of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Artwork.
Konstantin Chernyavsky, chairman of the Nationwide Artists Union of Ukraine, advised Native Historical past that the museum, housed in a turn-of-the-twentieth century Artwork Nouveau mansion, possesses three works by Kuindzhi, in addition to ephemera together with letters, photographs, paperwork, and the two-hundred-year-old baptismal font through which the artist was christened. Additionally within the museum’s assortment are tons of of works by Ukrainian artists, together with these by a variety of Kuindzhi’s contemporaries, amongst them the famous seascape painter Ivan Aivazovsky, postimpressionist Mykola Hlushchenko, and Tatiana Yabolonskaya, whose 1949 Bread graced a Russian postage stamp in 1967. In accordance with Chernyavsky, not one of the three unique Kuindzhi works was current within the constructing on the time of the bombing; a variety of full-size copies of his work remained, and have presumably been destroyed, alongside works by the aforementioned artists and people by quite a few modern Ukrainian artists, together with Oleksandr Bondarenko, Vasyl Korenchuk, and Lyudmyla Masalska.
Mariupol has sustained unfathomable injury and a excessive variety of civilian casualties for the reason that February 24 launch of the Russian invasion; days earlier than the airstrike destroyed the museum, a Russian bombing decimated town’s G12 artwork faculty, inside which tons of of residents had been sheltering.