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MEIR AKSELROD IS 100 YEARS OLD 9 August 2002

  The exhibition "Meir Akselrod Is 100 Years Old" has opened in Kasteev Museum in Almaty city. Talented painter and graphic artist in his pictures used to advert to the life of his people. Poor Jewish settlements in Byelorussia, illustrations to the books of Shalom-Alehem and Isaac Babel, "Ghetto" cycle became his visiting card. During the war Akselrod created a series of gouache paintings, revealing the tragedy of Jews in the 20 century. All his life the painter respected his people, that is why it is no wonder that today Jews remember and like Meir Akselrod's works.

  This love is proved with the interest they pay to the exhibition. But in order to organize it Almaty Jewish Community Center had to make a great work. Preparations for the exhibition "Meir Akselrod Is 100 Years Old" took almost a year. Long search for the pictures of the person whose name in the USSR was consign to oblivion, gathering of materials, correspondence with the painter's daughter - all this became an event itself, the event worthy of the Community Festival of Jewish Book. Today Meir Moiseyevich Akselrod is among his people again.

Galina Goldberg

The Memorial Evening of Meir Akselrod

  People who were talking quietly were gradually filling the hall. They were looking warmly at the picture on an easel and reproductions on stands, listening to the sound vibrations, and taking free places one by one. All those actions forestalled the meeting dedicated to the 100 years anniversary of birth of the talented artist Meir Moiseyevich Akselrod. The celebration was prepared by the Association of Jewish Organizations in Kazakhstan "Mitsva".

  Meir was born in 1902 in the Molodechno settlement of Vilens province (Byelorussia), in a family with four children. On quiet evenings experts on national rituals used to gather at Akselrods' hospitable home, and national melodies and songs filled the house. This leisurely pace of life in the settlement stayed in the memory of the artist forever. When he was eleven years old, he entered Pan private school. In 1916-1917 he took evening lessons at Tambov art school, then he went to Proletarian Culture art studio under the direction of Shtranih. In 1921 36 works of Meir Moiseyevich were presented at the exhibition of Minsk painters. As a result he was sent to Moscow to study at graphical department of the Higher Art Technical Institute in Prof. Favorski's group. It was a time when the most famous painters: Mashkov, Falk, Arhipov, Konchalovski, Shevchenko and others taught there.

  In early 30s the art of "socialistic realism" entered the life of the country. That is why original works of Akselrod were not actual. The artist had never been "proletariat's" favorite, he was not accepted or understood, and the official representatives always criticized his works for their "formalism" and "incompleteness". Prosaic motives in his paintings appear before us as revelations, discoveries of something new, unknown, wonderful. In 1936 Meir Akselrod created a picture called "Glass Factory". Today it is one of the constant exhibits of State Kasteyev museum of arts. The picture is minor; the author's favorite gray-pearly color scheme is "diluted" with red and black flashes of a table, walls, women's clothes. Everyday small things do not attract the painter - both compositional and color scheme of the canvas are generalized, everything is in striking beautiful harmony. Akselrod had a gift to reveal imperceptible movements of human hearts and minds in everything: portraits, landscapes, genre pictures, drawings, illustrations

Mariya Kopeliovich

About Akselrod
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Meir Akselrod is 100 years old
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A sketch
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