December 24, 2021 15:24 (UTC+04:00)
By Laman Ismayilova
The National Museum of Art celebrated the centenary of the outstanding painter and graphic artist Mikayil Abdullayev.
The event was organized by order of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of Mikayil Abdullayev’s 100th birthday.
In their remarks, Minister of Culture Anar Karimov, Chairman of the Union of Artists of Azerbaijan, People’s Artist Farhad Khalilov, Director of the National Museum of Art, Honored Art Worker Chingiz Farzaliyev said pointed out that Mikayil Abdullayev played a big role in the development of painting and graphic design. .
His canvases reflect national and spiritual values as well as the unique beauty of Azerbaijani nature.
Talented artists who master their skills at the art school of Mikayil Abdullayev contribute to the development of national art.
On behalf of the family, the artist’s son Jami Abdullayev expressed his gratitude for organizing the exhibition.
The National Museum of Art exhibits more than 190 paintings and graphic works.
Mikayil Abdullayev’s painting and graphics span genres such as thematic painting, portraits and landscapes.
The harmonious unity of colors in his works is associated with national and miniature art, which he has known since childhood. Over time, this feature has become one of the main artistic ways of the artist.
Mikayil Abdullayev made portraits of many eminent personalities like Uzeyir Hajibayli, Samad Vurgun, Imadaddin Nasimi, etc.
The artist made a great contribution to book graphics, in particular, he created illustrations for the works of Nizami Ganjavi, Fuzuli, Ashug Alasgar, Jafar Jabbarli, Samad Vurgun.
Mikayil Abdullayev has created one successful work after another. Creator of the famous series of works “Mingachevir Suite”, he participated in the construction of the hydroelectric power station of Mingachevir.
The artist’s triptych “On the fields of Azerbaijan”, devoted to the theme of the patriotic war and reflecting the difficulties of those years, arouses special interest among viewers.
In addition to Azerbaijani landscapes, the artist also created various canvases depicting the nature and life of many countries.
As a result of travels through India, he painted such paintings as “Rajasthani Women”, “Bengali Girls”.
In 1970, the Indian government awarded him a gold medal and a diploma from the Jawaharlal Nehru International Award for the painting cycle “Around India”.
Mikayil Abdullayev designed the lobby of Nizami Metro Station, where he created mosaic panels based on plots of Nizami’s works and his portrait. He also decorated the Absheron Hotel and the Gulistan Palace.
The artist’s works have been exhibited in Prague, Beijing, Brussels, Belgrade, Paris, Berlin, etc. Moreover, Mikayil Abdullayev also published a book “Through the eyes of a Baku citizen”.
The exhibition dedicated to the national artist was highly appreciated by art connoisseurs.
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