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Антон Овсяников

The art of Petersburg painter Anton Anatolievich Ovsianikov is indissolubly linked with the great traditions of realistic school of painting, at first with the basic principles of Russian realistic painting of the second half of XIX century. The basis of these traditions is in a special reliability in depiction of nature in the whole diversity of its manifestations, where the aspiration towards the reliability and elevated spirituality.

For Ovsianikov precisely a landscape had become that genre, where his picturesque talent had realized with the greatest fullness and brightness. In the works, presenting this genre, the artist does not aspire towards the underlined individual rendering of a natural theme, and seems to subdue himself to that unaffected beauty of nature, which is necessary to reveal and to embody convincingly in the polished, classic clear picturesque form. The completeness of the latter is consonant to the pithiness and inner significance of the represented theme or plot. Such a character of plastic and evocative decision is distinguishing also Ovsianikov’s portraits and still-lives, where the artist’s close attention for the traditions of the Old masters. Researching and developing the picturesque achievements of his famous precursors, the artist confirms with his works the beauty and harmony of the surrounding world, emerges as the continuer of the great traditions of the Russian and World realistic art.

In his landscapes, genre pictures and still-lives Anton Ovsianikov emerges as the continuer of traditions of the Russian academic school of painting, based on the leading role of the drawing as the basis of the realistic work of art. In his pictures the completeness of distinct, classical clear picturesque form is consonant to the pithiness and inner significance of theme or plot being depicted.

A man creates in  life only that he is in religious measuring the empty soul shouldn’t create the spiritual richness the mean soul shouldn’t create the magnificence: the shallow person shouldn’t watch the God and shouldn’t appreciate His rays and shouldn’t pass on others.

I. A. Ilyin