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"The Tkachev Brothers: Two Brothers - One Passion
Masters of Russian Impressionism: Sergei & Aleksei Tkachev
Alexei Petrovich Tkachev (b. 1925)
Sergie Petrovich Tkachev (b. 1922)
Both are graduates of the famed Surikov Institute where they studied under the outstanding artist S.V. Gerasimov. Both are full members of the Academy of Arts of the USSR, the People's Artists of the USSR, laureates of the Repin State Prize and the State Prize of the USSR.
Sergei and Alexei Tkachev have worked together as one artist on the same canvases since 1950, creating some remarkable masterpieces. They have also worked independently, each of them being a major creative force with their own personalities and styles. Sergei Tkachev uses sharp brushwork and tends toward large canvases while Alexei Tkachev is a more lyrical painter. The exhibition consists of two blocks of works. The first section consists of their early works, painted individually and little known to the public. The second part - the joint work of the masters - shows the great works that resulted when The Tkachev Brothers worked together and combing their separate artistic qualities, thereby producing the phenomenon of the Tkachev Brothers.
Their work is classic Soviet Impressionism and continues the traditions of the Russian realistic school. The Tkachev Brothers are considered by scholars to be the leading realist painters of the 1950s and 1960s and among the best Russian painters of the twentieth century.
The Tkachev Brothers works hang in numerous museums, including the the State Tretykov Gallery in Moscow, the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg and of course in the Tkachev Brothers Museum in Bryansk. Their paintings have been exhibited at the Smithsonian International Gallery in Washington, D.C, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. They both live and work in Moscow." http://www.mccartheygallery.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=3&Itemid=11