What is the phenomenon of paintings by V. Lyubarov?
… In 1992, a successful book schedule, Vladimir Lyubarov, unexpectedly for others, dramatically changed his life. Having abandoned the role of a prestigious metropolitan artist, he bought a small house in the half-abandoned village of Peremilovo on the edge of the Vladimir region and plunged headlong into simple peasant life. Ilona Grosheva reads Vladimir Semenovich Lyubarov Photo: Source Having started painting, he began to portray his new fellow countrymen, created his own unique world full of busty women, cheating peasants, flying Jews, screaming fish and thieving cats. Lyubarov draws faces not familiar from childhood, but portraits of human souls, a village flood for him is not a destructive phenomenon of nature, but a state of the Russian soul, it is no coincidence that his work is so loved in the West. Over the years that have passed since the capital’s schedule, Lyubarov was shut up by the village “chronicler,” his picturesque country has grown in breadth and in depth and up to heaven, where tired angels hide from their earthly wards. betweendigital betweendigital The creator of the village of Peremilovo, with her drunken peasants in the rubble, cocky roosters and busty mermaids (the Village of Peremilovo series), somehow unexpectedly even came to himself – he went out for a walk outside the village and soon found himself in the town. A town is like a town, in Russia there are thousands of them – with rickety churches, a dilapidated train station and the same drunken peasants, quietly running from their wives to the local Palace of Culture, staring at the magnificent ballerinas (the series “The Town of Pinch”). The poverty of the earth and the richness of the human soul, the scarcity of opportunities and the mighty inner pressure of emotions … It seems that it is precisely the ability to artfully reflect the harmonious reunion of seemingly unconnected artwork of Lyubarov’s painting. V. S. Lyubarov, the Jewish Happiness series Photo: Source Since the late 1990s, Lyubarov unexpectedly begins the Jewish Happiness series, dedicated to Granny Sonya. Jewish paisas, fish fish, a drink on Purim, Yasha preparing challah for Saturday, a rabbi, a kosher chicken, Adam and Eve lying in an embrace against the background of a river on the Central Russian Upland – this is another special and closed world of the artist Vladimir Lyubarov. Vladimir Lyubarov was born on September 4, 1944 in Moscow. He has illustrated and designed more than 100 books, among the authors of which are: Raspe, Hoffmann, Voltaire, Jules Verne, Edgar Allan Poe, Lem, Gogol, Strugatsky. From 1973 to 1984 worked as the chief artist of the journal “Chemistry and Life”, since 1985 – a member of the Union of Artists of Russia. In 1992, he dramatically changed his life, moved to the village and took up painting. As a result, a series “Village Peremilovo” appeared, shown at exhibitions in Moscow, Brussels, Strasbourg, Berlin, Luxembourg. In 1993, the book “Russian Proverbs” was published, illustrated by the works of Lyubarov (Appletree, Great Britain). A year later, this book was reprinted in the USA and in most countries of Western Europe. The works of Vladimir Lyubarov are in the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, as well as in museums and private collections in Russia, Belgium, Holland, Great Britain, USA, France, Austria, Germany, Israel, Switzerland, New Zealand. – Vladimir Semenovich, tell us how a successful metropolitan artist becomes a village painter? “You know, everyone is sick of it!” And I found a terrific place: on the slope, below the river, completely untouched nature. And some terribly kind village. I have never seen such friendly, sincere people in my life. Paradise turns out to be attainable. After moving to the village – from a step completely irrational for me – everything changed in my life. – Why are Peremilovskaya women so big? – Speaking seriously, if you take a woman out of Peremilov and all neighboring villages, everything, end, the village will die immediately. Because the woman is holding on to the Russian village. A man drinks, a man walks, does not think seriously about his family. And here I used the technique of primitive artists: they often have one big figure, and around them are small. Lubok artists painted beautifully, without any knowledge of perspective and anatomy. They made more significant person more, less significant person was less, thus emphasized their attitude. And I respect the village woman more and value more. There is a real truth in this, because the peasant shredded not only morally, but also physically.