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YURI MATUSHEVSKI (1930-1999)
Yuri Matushevski was born in Litinovo in 1930. After studying in Irkutsk and St. Petersburg, he became a member of the Union of Artists in 1960. As well as regularly participating in regional and national exhibitions within Russia, Matushevski included works in exhibition sales of Soviet artists abroad, which has led to his works featuring in private collections throughout Europe and the rest of the world. He also had his own one man shows in Moscow in 1963 and 1979.
Together with Viktor Templin (Lots 479-495), he was a member of the Vladimir School of Artists, and one can see the similarities in both their subject matter and use of colour. In Matushevski's work, we see Russia; its forests, churches, homesteads and countryside, so beloved by the artist, newly interpreted and simplified. Using intense, often contrasting colours, Matushevski's paintings are incredibly decorative with universal appeal. Showing us the eternal, unchanging Russia that had remained the same across the centuries, throughout war, conflict and social upheaval, his modern and distinctive style interprets it for a new age.