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Antonov Victor Danilovich (1936 - ...)  Click to play

Victor Danilovich Antonov

Born in 1936 in the village of Pervomayskoe in Sampursk region of Tambov area. Now he lives in the village of Verkhnee Fedoskino.

In 1956 Victor graduated from the Art School, he was taught by A.D. Nebosklonov, A.A. Parfionov, D.N. Dedunik, and A.I. Kuznetsov. Antonov's diploma work was the composition "Bathing of Horses" which is kept in the Museum of Fedoskino School. Subsequently Victor studied one year in the Moscow Technical Institute and 2 years in the Polygraphic Institute.

Currently Antonov works at the Fedoskino factory, he is a master of painting of 7-th category, he also teaches at the Fedoskino Art School.

The author uses technique of three-layer painting on papier-mache, he works in the style of Fedoskino lacquered miniature, and therefore he paints miniatures in oils. In his artwork the artist uses all colors, choice of them depends on a set task. Victor is interested in painting of folklore, fantastic plots, genre scenes, and sometimes he represents portraits and landscapes. The master likes to mix subjects.

The important elements of articles for Antonov are national character of a subject, color saturation, realism, mood, and their national spirit. Victor has own painting techniques that help to distinguish his works from others, the artist considers, that use of personal techniques is good only when they are applied appropriately and do not block up whole appearance of a box.

Beginning to new piece, the master aspires to realize some main plan within framework of Fedoskino style. When he achieves harmony of the whole and parts, he considers work on a miniature to be completed. Victor is sure that admirers of his art pieces will remember their sincerity, optimism, mood, feeling of kindness, and connection with traditions.

Antonov's artwork was affected by many outstanding artists: Levitan, Surokov, Petrov-Bodkin, Vrubel, Serov, Repin, and Somov. Victor Antonov is Honored Artist of Russia; he has certificates of honor and diplomas from art exhibitions. His author works are reserved in the Russian Museum, Historical Museum, Museum of folk art, Istra Museum, and in private collections abroad.

At his leisure Victor likes to paint landscapes in a watercolors, his watercolor works participate in exhibitions, some of them were acquired for private collections.

He wishes admirers of the fine arts "to have good taste, felling for true Fedoskino art and not to spare time and expenses for good articles since our true miniature is a unique phenomenon of great significance in art of the world".

Russian lacquerware expert Malakhov N. refers to "Антонов" on page 163 of Malakhov N., 1990, "FEDOSKINO", Izobrazitelnoye Isskusstvo Publishers, Moscow, ISBN 5-85200-183



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