Paintings from Ukraine
Ukrainian art is not widely known over the world though it existed in various forms during the long time. It wasn't widely known before Soviet Union emergence, was almost banned during the USSR ideological pressure and only after USSR fall in 1991 art of Ukraine started developing and becoming popular between world collectors and dealers.
Fine art in Ukraine: a brief history
The first fine art form in Ukraine developed during the Kyiv Rus' time, and it was religious fresco painting that decorated churches. Unfortunately, a lot of breathtaking examples of these works were destroyed during the Soviet fight against church, but many of them can still be found in old churches of Ukraine, especially in Kyiv. Art of icon painting was also one of the most popular and left dozens of amazing examples of religious portrait painting.
Ukrainian portrait painting tradition was popular through all time, and artists depicted very different people — from famous country leaders to common villagers. In the 18th century process of Russification led to that many Ukrainian artists had to work in Saint Petersburg and depict nobility. This was a period of Ukrainian Classicism. 19th century was an Academism period, and painters worked in this style adopted from French painters. Famous Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko was also known as a skilled and talented Academism style painter.
The USSR period was a hard time for artists who rejected official position of the government and created artworks which didn't portray “recommended” topics and ideas and were ideologically wrong. The only acceptable style was Social Realism, and canvas had to depict the ideal and happy Soviet life. Though for rebellious works artists were fired from work, faced public conviction and sometimes even were imprisoned, from 1930 to 1980 a massive movement of nonconformist artists created hundreds of paintings.
Wide variety of Ukrainian paintings
Online gallery ART.biz offers for sale works of contemporary Ukrainian artists. The list of works is very different by to main object, style and general mood of the painting:
- various landscape paintings depicting the beauty of Ukrainian nature;
- abstract painting with a strong accent on colour and shape;
- still life performed in different styles;
- fairy tale and traditional folklore characters;
- daring and sometimes shocking Contemporary style works.
After 2014 lots of Ukrainian artists, poets, writers, singers and filmmakers created artworks about Euromaidan, trying to express their feelings about important events happening in their country.
On our site you can choose and buy paintings of Ukrainian and other artists — we will ship an artwork to any country of the world.