Fedir Krychevsky


Self-Portrait (1923-24)

Self-Portrait (1923-24)

Fedir Krychevsky (1879-1947) produced almost 1,000 works, including narrative compositions, portraits, landscapes and drawings. He was influenced by Gustav Klimt, alongside whom he briefly studied in Vienna, and Ferdinand Hodler. In 1943, he moved to Königsberg (now Kaliningrad) to be with his brother, Vasyl. He attempted to flee west to escape the advancing Soviet troops at the end of WWII, but he was arrested by the NKVD as a collaborator, stripped of all titles and honors, and exiled to a village near Kyiv. His later work was less imaginative, constrained as it was by the Soviet policy of promoting Socialist Realism in art. He died of starvation during the famine in 1947. During de-Stalinization in the late 1950s, Krychevsky was ‘rehabilitated,’ and the first exhibition of his works was held in Kyiv. He was the brother of artist Vasyl Krychevsky.

'Beatrice' (1911)

‘Beatrice’ (1911)

 

'Portrait of Taras Shevchenko' (1928-29)

‘Portrait of Taras Shevchenko’ (1928-29)

 

'The Bride' (1910)

‘The Bride’ (1910)

 

'Woman with a Fan' (1909-09)

‘Woman with a Fan’ (1909-10)

 

 

'Three Ages' (1913)

‘Three Ages’ (1913)

 

 

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