Andrey Andreevich Tutunov

Andrey Andreevich Tutunov

  • Prize of Moscow’s Artists’ Union and the Moscow Committee of the VLKSM (1957)
  • Diploma of the Soviet of Ministries of the Russian Federation (1977)
  • Silver medal of the Russian Academy of Arts
  • People’s Artist of the Russian Federation (2004)
Andrei Andreevich Tutunov is the recognised Russian artist, the outstanding representative of the Soviet art of the 1960s and Moscow school of painting, the master of genuinely Russian character. He ardently continues the traditions of the Union of Russian Artists in his works, primarily referring to Konstantin Korovin, Abraham Arkhipov and Konstantin Yuon. Tutunov was born on January 28, 1928, in Moscow. The artist studied in the Moscow State Art School under the mentorship of V.V. Pochitalov during 1941 - 1948. The school has played a pivotal role in Tutunov' artistic education. Tutunov has taken up this love for Russian art of the nineteenth century and learned to appreciate artistic heritage of the Union of the Russian Artists. During the summer internship the school brought fondness in its students for specific themes of Russian nature: it taught them not to look for obvious, ostentatious subject matters, but just for pure, unassuming Russian landscapes and quiet, simple villages in the spirit of V. Serov and provincial towns in their hustle and bustle of everyday life. This quality of finding something poetical and sublime in a mundane life has firmly stayed with Tutunov in his subsequent artistic career and has become one of his most characteristic features.

Tutunov entered the Surikov Artistic Institute in 1949 and was taught by M.I. Kurilko and V.G. Tsyplakov. He began exhibiting in 1953. At that time, The Surikov Institute had already made a sharp turn to the old academic system of learning of the early nineteenth century, where preferences were given to drawing and painting with a prescribed interpretation. For young artists, such as Tutunov, the struggle for their way in art has begun. He graduated from the Institute in 1954 and took an interest in the representation of everyday life of simple peasants, fishermen, village intellectuals in remote places of his motherland. Tutunov has given almost fifty years of his work to the Russian countryside and its small provincial towns and rural landscapes. He started to explore the combination between landscape and genre scenes at that time. In the most famous paintings of Tutunov, man and nature are inseparable from each other, they form a single whole together. The artist himself says that, 'The nature for me is the God's altar. To paint nature is the God-blessed favour and a great pleasure'. Since 1960, he had taught in his artistic studio. He lived in Pereaslavl Zalessky from 1960 to 1961, where he was an artistic director at the creative Dacha named after a Russian artist Dmitry Kardovsky. When the artist has just finished his studies, his paintings were imbued with romantic, cheerful, idealistic attitude. However, in the 1970s, Tutunov's approach has changed and his works express mixed, ambiguous feelings, a sense of confusion, and gloomy atmosphere. In the 1980s, the artist turned to religious and philosophical themes which resulted in his paintings full of metaphors, allegories and symbolism. These paintings give a strong feeling of a spiritual search and the artist's strivings for understanding of the essence of existence.

Tutunov's solo exhibitions were held in Moscow in 1972, 1977, 1982, and 1987. In 1977 he was awarded the rank of Honoured Artist of RSFSR (the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic) and became a full member of the Russian Academy of Arts in 2000. The artist now lives and works in Moscow. Tutunov's works can be found in numerous national museums including the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, and other museums of arts as well as many private collections in Russia and abroad.

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