Manastyrsky, Antin

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Manastyrsky, Antin [Манастирський, Антін; Manastyrs’kyj], b 2 November 1878 in Zavaliv, Pidhaitsi county, Galicia, d 15 May 1969 in Lviv. Painter and graphic artist; father of Vitold Manastyrsky. He studied at the Lviv Art and Industrial School (1895–9) and Cracow Academy of Fine Arts (1900–5). From 1899 he was a member of the Society for the Advancement of Ruthenian Art, and from 1905 he lived in Lviv. Manastyrsky painted icons, church murals, and many Carpathian Mountains landscapes, portraits (of Mykhailo Yatskiv and others), historical scenes (particularly from the history of the Cossacks), genre paintings, architectural views, still lifes, and works inspired by Taras Shevchenko’s poems. He also illustrated interwar children’s storybooks and primers, a Ukrainian Bible (Lviv 1926), and editions of works by Shevchenko, Ivan Franko, Nikolai Gogol, Aleksandr Pushkin, Ivan Turgenev, and Anton Chekhov. Many of his historical paintings were reproduced on Galician postcards of the 1910s and 1920s. His paintings include Road (1900), Winter in the Carpathians (1904), At the Fortune-Teller’s (1910), Kateryna (1913), The Cossacks Rose before Dawn (1914), Lirnyk (1914–16), At the Watering Spot (1917), Willows (1927), Portrait of M. Yatskiv (1929), Zaporozhian Cossack (1932), Gathering Sheaves (1949), Prut River Valley (1953), and The Cossack Scout (1955). Books about him, with reproductions of his works, have been written by H. Ostrovsky (1958), Yaroslav Nanovsky (1959), and Kh. Sanotska (1980).

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 3 (1993).]


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