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Ivan Stasevich. Painting

The exhibition of works by Ivan Stasevich (January 9, 1929–September 11, 1998) seems logical in the year of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus. A lot of Belarusian artists had to fight, and Vanya Stasevich was, as stated, ‘the son of the regiment’, reached Berlin and signed the Reichstag. In addition to exceptional circumstances of fate, he was an extraordinary and a natural painter, who later got an excellent professional education. He was awarded the Honored Artist of Belarus (1980).

The painter was born into a peasant family in Medvednya village of Starodorozhsky district, Minsk region. During the war he became a soldier of the brigade named after Frunze of the 3rd detachment named after Kirov. He survived the siege with the partisans. He was 15 when Belarus was liberated. Then Ivan Stasevich was engaged to the automobile and road unit of the 1st Belorussian Front. During the war he made combat leaflets, posters, road signs, the last of which one is ‘250 meters to the Reichstag’.

Then he graduated from the Minsk Art School (1952), the Moscow Art Institute named after Vasily Surikov (1958). His teachers were famous artists Galina Izergina, Aleksandr Mozalyov, Vitaly Tsvirko, Dmitry Mochalsky and others. His graduation work ‘In Belarusian Swamps’ depicts the partisans’ breaking out of encirclement. It was exhibited at the All-Union Art Exhibition, and was positively mentioned by the critics. This canvas is the beginning of his painting art. The painter was also engaged in portraits and landscapes. He was always attracted by people close to him, with strong characters and intense vital power. His landscape painting depicts the views of the south and north of Belarus, the Soviet Union from Murmansk to the Crimea, from Valaam to Baikal. Ivan Stasevich visited Italy, France, Portugal.

The two aspects of his art are human productive work and the beauty of nature, and outstanding architectural buildings and ensembles. All this was presented in the combination of external absolute truthfulness, energetic art and romantic attitude.

Ivan Stasevich was engaged in teaching activities. He taught at the Belarusian Theater and Art Institute/the Belarusian State Academy of Arts in 1958–1995. Since 1985 he became a professor; engaged in social activities, including the Union of Artists.

The works by Ivan Stasevich are stored in many public and private collections (Belarus, Russia, Algeria, England, Austria, Belgium, Germany, India, Italy, Canada and others); including the Starodorozhsky Regional Historical and Ethnographic Museum where are over 70 of his works. 22 paintings and drawings by the master are included in the collection of the National Art Museum. Among them, the canvas ‘Miners of Soligorsk’ as an outstanding artistic and historical document in the permanent exhibition of the Belarusian art of the 20th century.

Mine Head-Gearof Soligorsk. 1962. Oil on canvas

Portrait of S.P. Prokhorevich, the Driver and Headman of the Communist Labour Team. 1962

Oil on canvas

Saint George Cathedral ofYuriev Monastery

in Veliky Novgorod. 1975. Oil on cardboard