Perfetsky, Leonid

Image - Leonid Perfetsky: A Cossacks Battle with Tatars (1921). Image - Leonid Perfetsky: Raising Ukrainian Flag on Black Sea Fleet in April 1918. Image - Leonid Perfetsky: [The Battle of] Kruty.

Perfetsky, Leonid [Перфецький, Леонід; Perfec’kyj] (Perfecky), b 23 February 1901 in Ladyzhyntsi, Galicia, d 25 October 1977 in Montreal. Painter. He studied at the Novakivsky Art School in Lviv, the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts, and A. Lhote's school in Paris. From 1922 on he took part in group exhibitions in Lviv and Paris. Perfetsky specialized in historical battle scenes, such as The Cossacks at Trabizond, Cossack Surprise Attack, Black Zaporozhians, Attack, and Battery in Danger, and depictions of the Ukrainian-Soviet War, 1917–21, and Ukrainian-Polish War in Galicia, 1918–19, (eg, Kruty). In Paris he painted portraits of prominent Frenchmen and began painting in a constructivist style. A postwar émigré in Canada from 1950, he painted murals in the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church, Saint Elezar's Catholic Church, and Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal. A book about Perfetsky (edited by Sviatoslav Hordynsky) was published in New York in 1990.

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

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