Ivasiuk, Mykola

Image - Mykola Ivasiuk: Self-portrait. Image - Mykola Ivasiuk: Portrait of Artist Stanislaw Janowski (1894). Image - Mykola Ivasiuk: Bohdan Khmelnytskys Entry into Kyiv (1912).

Ivasiuk, Mykola [Івасюк, Микола; Ivasjuk], b 28 April 1865 in Zastavna, Bukovyna, d 25 November 1937 in Kyiv. Realist painter. A student of the Vienna (1884–9) and Munich (1890–6) art academies, he organized the first Ukrainian art school in Chernivtsi (1899–1908), then worked in Lviv, Vienna, and Prague. In 1925 he accepted an invitation to teach at the Kyiv State Art Institute. His most important works deal with historical themes: Khmelnytsky at Zboriv (1893), The Battle of Khotyn (1903), Khmelnytsky’s Entry into Kyiv (1912), and Bohun at Berestechko (1919). He also painted a large number of genre scenes and portraits (of Olha Kobylianska, Yurii Fedkovych, Ivan Franko, Taras Shevchenko, Oleksander Myshuha, and self-portraits). Ivasiuk is a representative of the academic style of the Vienna-Munich school at the end of the 19th century. Themes from the Ukrainian Cossack period, which is prominent in Ivasiuk's work, was popular at the time in Polish and Russian painting. After working for several years in Kyiv, he was arrested in November 1937 by the NKVD on the wave of the Yezhov terror and executed.

[This article was updated in 2017.]

Image - Mykola Ivasiuk: Bohdan Khmelnytsky over the Body of His Son Tymish. Image - Mykola Ivasiuk: Bohun in Battle of Berestechko (1919). Image - Mykola Ivasiuk: Mother (1906). Image - Mykola Ivasiuk: Kiss (1910).

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