Ivan Yizhakevych

Ivan Yizhakevych

Ivan Yizhakevych

Ivan Sydorovych Yizhakevych (1864-1962) was born in the Cherkasy region of Ukraine. Born into poverty, Yizhakevych entered the iconographic school at the Kyiv Pecherska Lavra at the age of 15. Later, he was educated at the M. Murashko School of Art in Kyiv (1882-84) and then at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts (1884-88). He was forced to leave the academy due to financial difficulties, but became a very successful illustrator of popular magazines in the Russian Empire. He collaborated for 29 years with the Niva periodical. During periods of national oppression, persecutions and other hardships in the Russian Empire, Yizhakevych was prolific in his production of works acquainting ordinary people with the life, history and culture of their homeland. In 1917, believing that a national revival was taking place, he returned to Kyiv. There, in 1919, he joined with other artists to create the first trade union of artists of Kyiv, and took an active role in the work of the Union. He worked in a variety of styles: book graphics, decoration of monuments, portraits and landscapes. His paintings reflect themes from Ukrainian history, including Cossack battle scenes. He also illustrated works by Ukrainian writers such as Taras Shevchenko, Lesia Ukrainka, Ivan Kotlyarevsky and Ivan Franko. He became a ‘People’s Artist of the Ukrainian SSR’ in 1951, in his late eighties’.

'The Tower of Ivan Mazepa' (1910)

‘The Tower of Ivan Mazepa’ (1910)


'Christ in Berestovi' (1910)

‘Christ in Berestovi’ (1910)


'Volodymyr Hill' (1910)

‘Volodymyr Hill’ (1910)


'Kyiv. Intercession Monastery'

‘Kyiv. Intercession Monastery’


'Perebendya' (1938)

‘Perebendya’ (1938)

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