On the morning of August 19, in Ashtarak, the honored 93-year-old People’s Artist, painter and professor Edvard Isabekyan passed away.
Isabekyan was born in 1914. He graduated from the Geghard institute in Yerevan in 1931 and the Academy of Fine Arts in Tbilisi in 1941. From 1945 to 2000 he taught at the Institute of Fine Arts in Yerevan (since 1963 as professor).
He was director of the National Gallery from 1967 to 1986. During the Great Patriotic War (1941-45) Isabekyan created several paintings related to heroism and the Armenian national struggle (Man for the City, 1942; Davit Pek, 1945; Tanya, 1946).
The themes of Isabekyan’s works included the nature of Armenia and those related to epic, ancient Armenian fortresses and temples, such as In the Canyon of Tatev, 1959; Khndzoresk, 1962; and Banks of the Araks, 1980. Characterized by dramatic tension were The Death of Artavazt, 1966; Artavazt and Cleopatra, 1981; and many other works.
Isabekyan also authored the novel “Igdir.”
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