HRANT STEPANYAN 20-th century artist
Armenian artist, born in 1918, in Alexandrapol, died in 1980, in Yerevan Armenia.
Graduated from the Art secondary school in 1937, Yerevan, and from the Art academy in 1946, Riga /Latvia/. Educated at the studio of the artist professor Arijs Skride, he was oriented towards the method of realism, moved to it by perceiving nature and the truth of life, having the experience of the world art.
In a short time he achieves the mastery of clarity and lucidity of colors, universal reflections. Impressions of nature grow more and more sincere, candid and spontaneous, spaces become full of air, human images get well-defined, sharp lines with inner dept.
True to the traditions of the national art and to the principles of the world classical art, he carries the conception of the real everyday life with its infinite variety, takes the objective reality of the external world, finds in it the inexhaustible picturesque beauty and confirms by his art the idea – “Beautiful is the Life”.
The boundaries of Hrant Stepanian’s creation are very wide. He has created the canvases of various types, such as historical, genre painting, portraits, landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, revealing equal skills in every genre.
Hrant Stepanian’s element is the portrait genre. His portrait are not only strong by similarity to the model, but are also precise in personal characteristics, deep in essence, carried out realistically, painted in nuances, they differ from each other by art means.
The style and manner of his art are connected with the progressive art of 20-th century being its traditional continuation and including the new of modern art as well.
In 1973 H. Stepanyan’s first private exhibition attracts the attention of the art world. In 1939 at the exhibition, devoted to the 1000-th anniversary of the Armenian national epos “David of Sassoun”, H.Stepanian’s work “Armenians’ Eviction” was given a highest appreciation. This and many other works of his are now at the national Art Gallery of Armenia, at Museum of Yerevan, At Charent’s Museum of science and Literature, at Museum of Patiotic War, at Conservatory of Komitas, at home-museum of Kh. Abovian, at Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow and many other galleries and private collections abroad.
In 1972 a catalogue of Hrant Stepanian’s private exhibition was published by the Painters’ Union of Armenia and in 1981 a posthumous album as well as information in Brief Dictionary of the Armenian Artists and in Armenian Brief Encyclopedia were published in Yerevan. There are many articles about him published in Armenian and international newspapers and journals.