By Laman Ismayilova
The National Art Museum celebrated the centenary of the eminent painter and graphic designer Mikayil Abdullayev.
The event was organized under the order of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Mikayil Abdullayev.
In their remarks, Minister of Culture Anar Karimov, Chairman of the Union of Artists of Azerbaijan, People’s Artist Farhad Khalilov, Director of the National Art Museum, Honored Artist Chingiz Farzaliyev pointed out that Mikayil Abdullayev played a big role in the development of painting and graphics. .
His paintings reflect national and spiritual values ââas well as the unique beauty of Azerbaijani nature.
Talented artists who master their skills at the Mikayil Abdullayev art school contribute to the development of national art.
On behalf of the family, the artist’s son Jami Abdullayev expressed his gratitude for the organization of the exhibition.
The National Art Museum exhibited more than 190 paintings and graphic works.
Mikayil Abdullayev’s painting and graphics cover genres such as thematic painting, portraits and landscapes.
The harmonious unity of colors in his works is associated with national and miniature art, which he has known since childhood. Over time, this characteristic has become one of the main artistic ways of the artist.
Mikayil Abdullayev created portraits of many prominent personalities like Uzeyir Hajibayli, Samad Vurgun, Imadaddin Nasimi, etc.
The artist made a great contribution to the graphics of the books, in particular, he created illustrations for the works of Nizami Ganjavi, Fuzuli, Ashug Alasgar, Jafar Jabbarli, Samad Vurgun.
Mikayil Abdullayev created successful works one after another. Creating the famous series of works “Mingachevir Suite”, he participated in the construction of the Mingachevir hydroelectric power station.
The artist’s triptych “On the fields of Azerbaijan”, devoted to the theme of the patriotic war and reflecting the difficulties of those years, arouses particular interest among the spectators.
In addition to Azerbaijani landscapes, the artist also created various canvases depicting nature and life in many countries.
As a result of travels across India he painted such paintings as “Women of Rajasthan”, “Bengali Girls”.
In 1970, the Indian government awarded him a gold medal and a diploma of the Jawaharlal Nehru International Award for the painting cycle “Around India”.
Mikayil Abdullayev designed the lobby of the Nizami metro station, where he created mosaic panels based on plots from Nizami’s works and his portrait. He also decorated the Absheron Hotel and the Gulistan Palace.
The artist’s works have been exhibited in Prague, Beijing, Brussels, Belgrade, Paris, Berlin, etc. In addition, Mikayil Abdullayev also published a book “Through the eyes of a citizen of Baku”.
The exhibition dedicated to the national artist was very popular with art lovers.
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