Thursday, June 14, 2012

Jean Carzou: Garnik Zulumyan (1907–2000)

If Ivan Aivazovsky is Armenia's best-known 19th-century painter outside the country , the best-known 20th-century one is probably Garnik Zulumyan, also known as Carzou (1907–2000). He worked as a stage designer as well as a painter and engraver and his paintings do often reflect a decorative and theatrical quality.

Claiming that Picasso was no painter at all, he claimed the only truly great painters were Claude Lorrain, Watteau and Dalí.Carzou's response to the Armenian earthquake of 1988 was the painting Armenia: Earthquake. Hope, in which a naked woman is shown standing over ruins against a background of Armenian buildings and mountains.

Armenia with Nagorno Karabagh - Page 48, Nicholas Holding, Deirdre Holding