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1. 2. Martiros Saryan (1880 1972) was an Armenian painter, the founder of the Armenian national school of painting. He was born into an Armenian family in Nakhichevan-on-Don (now part of Rostov-on-Don, Russia). In 1895, aged 15, he completed the Nakhichevan school and from 1897 to 1904 studied at the Moscow School of Arts, including in the workshops of Valentin Serov and Konstantin Korovin. He was heavily influenced by the work of Paul Gauguin and Henri Matisse. He exhibited his works in various shows. He first visited Armenia, then part of the Russian Empire, in 1901, visiting Haghpat, Shirak, Echmiadzin, Lori, Sanahin, Yerevan and Sevan. He composed his first landscapes depicting Armenia which were highly praised in the Moscow press. Recalling his own background, Saryan said, "My ancestors had come to the banks of the river Don from the Crimea, and to the Crimea from Ani, the capital of medieval Armenia. I was born into a family which followed the old patriarchal customs. There were nine children and I was the seventh." I do not know when the artist was born in me. It was probably in those days when I used to listen to my parents' stories about our mountainous, enchanted country, when I used to run as a small boy over the land around our home, and was filled with joy at the many colors of the butterflies, insects and flowers. Color, light and day- dreaming - those are what fired me".From 19261928 he lived and worked in Paris, but most works from this period were destroyed in a fire on board the boat on which he returned to the Soviet Union. From 1928 until his death, Saryan lived in Soviet Armenia. His former home in Yerevan is now a museum dedicated to his work with hundreds of items on display 3. Portrait of John Steinbeck 1963 4. PortraitofAcademicianJosefOrbeli1943 PortraitofCatholicosVazkenI,1959 5. PortraitofDmitriDmitrievichShostakovich1963 Portrait of composer Aram Khachaturian 1944 6. PortraitofafilmdirectorRubenSimonov1939 PortraitofconductorConstantineSarajev1940 7. Portrait of Alexander Tamanyan 1933 8. Portrait of architect Toros Toramanian 1934 9. Portrait of Boris Parsadanyan 1962 portrait of critic Garegin Levonian 1912 10. Portrait of I. Shchukin 1911 Portrait of Avetik Isahakyan 1940 11. Portrait of Ilya Ehrenburg 1959 12. PortraitofthepoetAlexanderTsaturyan1915 PortraitofthepoetessMariaPetrovykh1946 13. Portrait of Victoria Alabyan 1931 14. Donkey in a Peach Orchard 1937 15. Fairy tale. At the foot of Mount Ararat 1904 16. Woman with Mask (S. I. Dymshits) 1913 Portrait of the actress Pastuhova 1955 17. Portrait of the poet Yeghishe Charents 1923 18. Ararat and arch Charents 1958 19. Portrait of Sanduht 1898 20. Portrait of Nina Komurdzhyan, 1917 21. Armenian-American artist Mary Zakarian Artist Martiros Saryan and Mt. Ararat 22. A meeting Pushkin with carriage, carrying the body of Griboyedov 1936 23. The Martiros Saryan House-museum was opened in 1967 Artist's House 1959 24. Big eastern still life 1915 25. Gathering of grapes 1933 26. Gathering of grapes 1935 Holiday under the tree 27. Harvesting 1933 28. Church Karmravor of VII century 1956 29. Construction of bridge, 1933 30. Botanic garden 1951 31. Sound: Arno Babajanyan - Piece for the piano and orchestra -Dreams Text & pictures: Internet Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Presentation: Sanda Foioreanu