#3 2016 (52)
One of the luminaries of the Russian visual arts, “the last of the Mohicans” as he was referred to by his contemporaries in the late 1960s, Nikolai Chernyshev lived a long life filled with great events and rich in artistic impressions. The beginning of the 20th century saw him move, with his family, from a remote region of the Russian Empire to Moscow. He displayed considerable enthusiasm for drawing, submitting his sketches for the entry examinations to the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. When, to general surprise, he was accepted, he immersed himself passionately in his studies there.
“We believe that the revival of art is possible only given strict continuity with the great masters of the past and the definitive resurrection of the living and eternal basis within art.
“Our art does not proceed from creative fantasies or only from the feeling of form, which is unavoidable for an artist. We value that sublime feeling that generates monumental art. We know that art becomes monumental only if the artist achieves a high degree of artistic skill...