Sunday, May 13, 2012

Grigor Khandjian (1909-1998)

In the 1960s and 1970s such painters as Grigor Khandjian and Sarkis Muradian created works devoted to the historical past and contemporary life of the Armenian people.Academician of the USSR Academy of Fine Arts, corresponding member of the Armenian Academy of Sciences, People's Artist of the USSR and winner of many awards, Grigor Khandjian, is well known as a book illustrator, painter G. Khandjian began his career as a genre painter.

Armenian Alphabet, Detail
Armenian Alphabet by G.Khandjian

In later years Khandjian used this style to execute themes of a different inner meaning: the history of Armenia becomes the main subject matter of his work.When Catholicos Vazgen I, the head of the Armenian Church, asked artist Grigor Khandjian to do initial sketches on cardboard for two huge tapestries to be hung in the main conference hall of the Echmiadzin Patriarchy, he suprised no one.

Ararat, Volume 27

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