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Memorials of My Life’. Graphics and watercolors by Lieanid Marchanka

On February 18, 2021, the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus opens the exhibition of graphics and watercolors by Lieanid Marchanka (January 4, 1941 – September 11, 1996) ‘Memorials of My Life’, dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the master’s birth. About 40 graphics are displayed.

His works have been displayed at more than 80 republican, international and solo exhibitions in Belarus and abroad. They are in the collections of many galleries and museums, including the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Central House of Artists (Russia), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cologne (Germany), and in private collections.

Lieanid Marchanka died early enough (at the age of 54). However, he had the rich creative legacy: etchings, lithographs, linocuts, drawings in pencil, watercolors and oil painting. He is presented as a talented artist, a tireless traveler and a person who is infinitely in love with life in his bright, gentle, expressive and detailed works. The main characters of his works are the distant spring sunshiny road, bee hives lost in the snow on a gloomy winter day, a purple evening on the banks of the river decorated with the gold of autumn, powerful bodies of old northern ships, ancient burials lost in Turkmenian prairies, and the town depicted from a bird’s eye view. But, these simple subjects reveal life in all its manifestations...

Lieanid Marchanka is known primarily as a master of etching, but he also created magnificent watercolors. He turned to this method at the beginning of his career. After that, he returned to it being a mature master who needed to color and painting. His watercolors are light, easy and clear. The artist made them outdoors, so they are special with freshness of viewpoint and ease of style. Marchanka masterfully depicted different states of nature, when everything around seemed to plunge into silence or freeze before the coming changes. It is possible to feel a passing day or the breath of winter in autumn air in his ‘Autumn Motive’, ‘Lake. Evening’, ‘Winter Day’, ‘Biarezina. Blue Evening’, etc. The master’s ‘Lilac’, ‘Apple Branch’, ‘Kalozha Church’ and ‘Spring. Willows’ are full of vivid colours. The landscape and still-life are favorite genres in Marchanka’s watercolors. The artist seldom turned to the image of a man, so the ‘Portrait of the Artist’s Wife (Nina Marchanka)’ is something special in his art. The work is full of a charming tenderness, life itself, a light blush on the woman’s cheeks on a summer day.

The exhibition presents Lieanid Marchanka both as a talented etcher, one of the best in Belarus, and as a delicate aquarellist. Barys Zaboraw said ‘Lieanid Maksimavich knew how to see beauty in everyday life, and the harmony of the world in a simple motive’.

 The exhibition will last till April 4, 2021.