Moscow, USSR

Graphic artist, linocuts

Illarion Golitsyn was born in Moscow in 1928, but in three years, after his father was arrested, the artist's family moved to the city of Dmitrov. In 1946-1953, Illarion Golitsyn attended the Moscow High School of Art and Industry; in 1957 studied the technique of etching in I.I.Nivinsky studio; from 1950 he followed the guidanceof Vladimir Favorsky and Ivan Yefimov.

The later date is crucial — Illarion Golitsyn came to the famous red house in Novogireyevskaya street, to the inner nest where the traditions of the Russian art culture had been preserved even during the Soviet times.

In the 1960s Illarion Golitsyn works with linocut and woodcut. The artist's lyric gift found its perfect form of expression — his linocuts are pierced by the light that dissolves the unnecessary details.

He masterly uses the classical methods ("black on white" and "white on black"), constantly changing their places so the image is now strengthened by the powerful line and then weakened by the soft. Such are the best engravings of the artist pertaining to the epoch of the severe style.

In the 1970s Illarion Golitsyn is mainly interested in drawing. It was then that everyone got somewhat tired of open "manege" form oriented to big exhibition rooms, and the "quiet graphic art" appeared which emphasized new features in graphic art.

It turned out that Golitsyn's drawings easily and naturally respond to the quiet appeal of time. In the 1980s-90s the artist preferred watercolours and painting. The colour spectrum was mainly defined by his favourite subjects: interior designs and portraits, concerned with the topic of historical memory.


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