Personal exhibition of works VICTOR BELOV

VICTOR BELOV
Personal exhibition of works
Krivoy Rog, 1976  

Works by Viktor Belov stop an eye because of their specificity. Their brushwork and the peculiarities of the world perception are rather original. In the works by Belov landscape is the leading genre. He recreates the colours of nature.  The treasure theme of the artist – the land and people – is brimming with soulful lyricism, life-affirming optimism. Viktor Emelyanovich Belov was born in 1925 in the village of Maryanovka, Sofievka district, Dnepropetrovsk region in a peasant family. Victor in very yang age experienced the severity of peasant labour. The family lost the father, when the children were very young and Viktor began to perform the senior role in the family. Mother, diligent and hardworking, a foremost worker of a newly created collective farm, taught her children to appreciate the daily work, the result of which brings the good to a person.

The boy’s desire to paint declared itself in early age. At school he did cursory sketches of friends and nature. Intellectual curiosity and cognitive need was inhered to the future artist at a young age.

Belov is a veteran of the Great Patriotic War, he was wounded several times. Wherever the young man been, the desire to paint did not leave him. The closer was the end of the war the more real his goal became – to give serious attention to painting. During the war, Viktor Belov went through harsh school of life, where he learned a lot and understood a lot. In 1946, the dream came true for the young man – he was introduced to art, became a student of the Dnepropetrovsk Art College. Despite the fact that Viktor Belov was twenty years old, and he was much older than his classmates, he studied with great desire. After graduating from the college, Belov began working at the department of Krivoy Rog branch of Dnepropetrovsk Artistic and Production Plant. During these years, the artist’s work formed enough. He is an active participant of art exhibitions. Since 1970, Viktor Belov has become a member of the Union of Soviet Artists.

As a landscape painter Belov was formed in a long search. One of the first works that have received recognition of the viewers, exhibited at the National Art Exhibition, 1961, is dedicated to the great Ukrainian poet and artist Taras Shevchenko. This work presented at the exhibition the prevailing skill of the artist, the seriousness with which he approached the creation of the poet’s image, reflecting the depth and passion of his experiences («And the day goes on, and the night goes on …” 1961). In 1963, at the Republican art exhibition the work “Mown” was shown which has become decisive in the work of the artist – singer of nature. Autumn motives dominate in Belov’s landscapes, but spring awakening of nature is very near and dear to him as well. He feels this time with all his heart, and it is reflected in the paintings. The artist celebrates the beauty of the snowy days, clear air. He especially loves countryside nature. Staying in guest houses for artists has enabled him to understand the uniqueness of the nature in various parts of our country, find a lot of motives for his paintings.

Belov V. – Spring. Gurzuf, Krimea. Oil on canvas, 100*80. 1972

Belov is travelling a lot around the country. He was fascinated by Carpathians, hit by subtlety of colours scale of Karelia, admired the Crimea, but the Central Russia has left a special mark in the artist mind. Belov enjoys writing rivers, hillsides, rustic huts, trees. His landscapes are simple, clear and touching.

Smart are huts on either side of the road (“Festive Evening”, 1972). And, as if rejoicing confirmation – colourful clothes of the people on feast. Bright coloured houses scattered in the village are perceived as a festive symphony that celebrates the joy of life. By incorporating the genre aspect the author claims the harmony of a man and nature. The work “Sednev. Ice drift” is also interesting. The land is still dressed in winter garment, but ice floes are already floating along the spacious majestic river. Life in the village started seething again. The author caught new rhythms of labour village and showed them with special human warmth. Organic fusion of genre motif with landscape gives this and most other pictures special originality making it a reliable and “homely”. High point of view makes it possible to show the atmosphere that is permeated with swift movement. Diversity, panoramic view is inherent to the composition of the majority of the author’s works. Plans and aerial perspective are easy to read.

Belov V. After the rain. Oil on canvas, 87*210. 1976

Almost everywhere the earth image occupies most of the pictures. And this is for a good reason. The artist aims to create a majestic image of the people’s earth, the earth warmed and caressed by the people. The artist together with the person, who inhabits his paintings, enjoys fresh frosty morning, a generous spring sun, warm rain. Transparent is the air, enveloping the earth, washed with May rain (“May rain” 1970). Spring joy of jubilant land, the unity of man and nature are reflected in this picture.

Special solemnity and silence is felt in landscapes dedicated to scenic places, which are associated with the name of Lenin (“The Hills”, 1970, “Lake in the Hills”, 1969). There is no exact copy of Lenin’s famous places. This is generalized images of the cosy places of Russia, dear to the heart of each of us. In these works Belov showed himself as a subtle colourist. The colour scheme of these works is subordinate to the general ranks with a predominance of blue-gray, blue, earthy tones.

Viktor Belov often serves as the author of paintings on an industrial theme. Here, the artist continues the main theme of his work – people and land.
Broad, broken with autumn mudslides and heavy trucks road is leading from the quarry. Powerful trucks, like the towering monuments are standing out on the high light horizon. And all of this is subject to the will of man, transforming our land, creating welfare (“Nights in Krivbass”, 1969). The paintings, which praise the hard everyday life of his native city, are characterized by heroic romanticism, elation. Laconic means of artistic expression gives these paintings a monumental character (“Youth of Krivorozhstal” 1969, “Welders”, 1974.)

He manages to emphasize the significance of what is happening with the expressive temperamental brushstroke. There are no superfluous details and motifs, everything is subordinated to the main goal – the creation, on the basis of concrete, the image of the heroic Krivbass, its essence. Industrial rhythm of the composition “Welders” expresses the pathos of modern construction. This painting, truly poetic and telling about the daily labour feats of our contemporaries was born at the construction site of the giant blast furnace of the Krivoy Rog Metallurgical Plant named after Lenin. In the structure of the picture, in its figurative and coloristic decision, we feel internal stress of working days.

The creative search of recent years is reflected in watercolours. In contrast to soft lyrical landscapes that form the basis of creativity of the artist Belov, these sheets are made temperamentally. It is hard to believe that they are created by the same hand. Most often it is the flowers – red poppies, peonies, lilac. Colours are fresh and clean. They are underlined decoratively and, at the same time, are realistic. Again, we assure ourselves in the subtle coloristic flair of an artist who so lovingly captures the charm of the colours of home nature.
The artist turned fifty. It is too early to summarize the results of the creative activity. Personal exhibition of Belov showed that the artist, having reached a mature skill, continues a fruitful search. The most cherished of what the artist Viktor Belov can tell us – is yet to come.

  1. Kosogova,
    Senior Research associate at Krivoy Rog Historical Museum, art expert
    .

PAINTING


  1. “And the day goes on, and the night goes on…”
    1963.
    Shevchenko – soldier.
    1964.
    The last snow.
    Festive evening.
    Mown.
    March.
    1965.
    White Night.
    Gray day.
    Blue morning.
    Zaonezhie.
    1966.
    Ice drift.
    1967.
    Evening Krivbass.
    New Street.
    October.
    Volga near Ulyanovsk.

  2. The end of the summer.
    February.
    Winter evening.
    Youth of Krivorozhstal.
    Chernigov motive.
    1969.
    Awakening.
    Lenin Hills. Lake
    On the dumps.
    1970.
    Market in Sednev.
    Poplars.
    1971.
    Getting Warmer.
    Thaw.
    Autumn purple.
    Frosty morning.
    February.
    Winter evening.
    Evening.
    Late fall.
    Spring flood.
    Noon.
    Old Village.
    Freezing day.
    Birches.
    1972.
    October.
    Etude.
    Construction of Krivorozhskaya (Blast Furnace) No9.
    Spring. Gurzuf.
    Spring etude.
    1974.
    Spring morning.
    Lilac blooms. Summer.
    1975.
    Spring in the Crimea.
    Lilac.
    Tomorrow to the sea.
    Autumn flowers.
    Autumn purple.
    Lilac.
    1976.
    The beginning of May.
    The first green.
    Rainbow.
    Autumn.
    Blooming garden.

GRAPHIC ARTS


  1. Pictures. Karelia.
    Pictures. Karelia.
    1968.
    Pictures. Sketches.
    1973.
    Flowers.
    Roses.
    Spring.
    Lilac.
    Blooming garden.
    Tulips.
    Tulips.
    Still life with flowers.
    Roses.
    Blue flowers.

 

Participation in the National Art Exhibition 

  1. “And the day goes on, and the night goes on…”
    1963.
    Mown.
    1967.
    Evening Krivbass.
    1968.
    Chernigov motive.
    Youth of Krivorozhstal.
    Morning.
    Winter in Sednev.
    1969.
    On the dumps.
    Krivbass.
    1970.
    May rains.
    Lenin Hills.
    1972.
    Festive evening.
    Flood on the Desna river.
    1973.
    Construction of Krivorozhskaya (Blast Furnace) No. 9.
    1976.
    Ice drift.
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