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Art / Painting

   Armenian painting is generally considered to have originated with the illumination of religious manuscripts that thrived from the ninth to the seventeenth century. Armenian painters in Cilicia and elsewhere enriched Byzantine and Western formulas with their unique use of color and their inclusion of Oriental themes acquired from the Mongols. Armenian painting blossomed in the 19th century. Artists from that period, such as the portrait painter Hacop Hovnatanian and the seascape artist Ivan Aivazovsky, continue to enjoy international reputations. Notable figures of the twentieth century have included the unorthodox Alexander Bazhbeuk-Melikian, who lived a persecuted existence in Tbilisi, and the surrealist Arshile Gorky (pseudonym of Vosdanik Adoian), who greatly influenced a generation of young American artists in New York, while Carzou and Jansem found fame and fortune painting in France.

   Armenian painting is still developing and a visit to Saryan Park will bring you in touch with today's Armenian artists.. A beautiful green park during the weekdays, Saryan Park transforms into an outdoor exhibition of paintings on the weekends, with artists often acting as salespeople of their original creations. The Painters' Vernissage is a cornerstone in the mosaic of the cultural life of Yerevan.

   Learn more about Armenian painters’ lives and arts in our Paintng section.

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