Eduard Isabekyan

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Eduard Isabekyan
Էդուարդ Իսաբեկյան
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Born8 November 1914
Died17 August 2007(2007-08-17) (aged 92)
Known forPainter
Notable work
"Noah with his sons", "Reply to Hazkerto", "Artavazd and Cleopatra", "On the Araks bank"
  • Honored worker of arts (1956)
  • People's Painter of Armenia (1963)
  • "Mesrop Mashtots" medal (2001)
  • Honorable citizen of Yerevan (2002)
  • "St.Sahak-St.Mesrop" medal (2004)

Eduard Isabekyan (Armenian: Էդուարդ Իսաբեկյան; November 8, 1914 – August 17, 2007) was an Armenian painter, founder of thematic compositional genre in Armenia.


  • 1927–1931 Attended "Geghard" college where he received his first professional education taught by practicing artists Sedrak Arakelyan, Vahram Gayfedjian (painting), Gohar Fermanyan (graphic).
  • 1935–1941 Studied in the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, Georgia
  • 1931–1935 Worked as the artist for the newspapers "Pioneer Kanch", "Avant-garde", "The Soviet Armenia", and produced the cover pages
  • 1941 – Became a member of the Armenian Artists Union
  • 1943 – Served in the army
  • 1945 – Started to teach in Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts
  • 1954–1956 – Artists Union- became the head of the painting department
  • 1967–1987-Director of the National Gallery of Armenia. He opened the National Gallerys’ affiliate Galleries around Armenia
  • 1952 – Joined the communist party
  • 2005 – Eduard Issabekian lived and worked in the Armenian village Ashtarak]]
  • 2007 – August 17 Eduard Isabekyan died.[1] Buried in Komitas Pantheon[2]

A large number of researches, articles, monographs and dozens of films are dedicated to Eduard Isabekyan.

A separate hall is allotted to Eduard Isabekyan's permanent exhibition in The National Gallery of Armenia (total number of his works retained there is 121[3]). His paintings are stored in many prestigious museums and private collections.

Eduard Isabekyan was elected as an honorary chairman of "Igdir" patriotic union for the term of his life. During his lifetime the Municipality of Yerevan made a decision to establish a permanent exhibition hall (gallery) for Isabekyan's art. The Eduard Isabekyan Gallery opened on 3 May 2013- at 7a, Mashtots Avenue, in Yerevan.[4]

Career, Works[edit]

Isabekyan is a multi-genre artist. He created extensive and high value compositional paintings, portraits, landscapes, graphics, thematic compositions, book designs.

The basis of his art is humanism and deep patriotism, the sources of his inspiration are Armenian insights, which are expressed in the characters of David of Sassoun, Tsovinar, Sanasar, Baghdasar, David Beck, Sayat Nova, Aksel Bakunts, Tamantsiner and other characters of great national figures. During the Great Patriotic War he depicted the heroic image of Soviet people ("Battle for a city", 1942, "Tanya", 1946), national liberation struggle of the Armenian people ("David Beck", 1945).

Eduard Isabekyan was the founder of thematic compositional genre in Armenia. The basis of his art is the history of Armenian nation and its future, its proud posture and the ecstatic potential. Isabekyan's works of thematic compositional genre are the achievement of Armenian fine art of the Soviet period. "Young David" (1956, The National Gallery of Armenia), "The Revolt of Haghpat Peasants in 1903" (1957), "Reply to Hazkert" (1960, The National Gallery of Armenia) and other paintings distinguish by their monumental expressiveness, dynamic composition and civic resonance.

A number of Isabekyan's paintings are characterized by organic intercourse of a man and the native nature: "Old Man from Byurakan and the Artavazik Church" (1956), "Aksel Bakunts" (1956), "Derenik Demirtchyan" (1960), "Curly Boy" (1964), "Sayat Nova" (1964). One of the best examples of Armenian portraiture of Soviet period is the "Mother’s portrait" painting (1944). The thematic center of his landscapes is the epic description of Armenian nature, ancient fortresses and temples: "In the Canyon of Tatev" (1959), "The Oxen Crossing the River by the Bridge" (1959), "Khndzoresk" (1962).

Many paintings are distinguished by artistic saturation: "Horovel" (1956, The National Gallery of Armenia), "Near the well" ("They didn’t come back", 1965), vIn the shade of the treesv (1966), "Artavazd’s death" (1966). The illustrations of Derenik Demirchian’s "Vardananq"[5] and Sero Khanzadyan’s "Mkhitar Sparapet" novels are also commonly known.

Isabekyan is the author of a number of drawings and the series of graphics devoted to painter Arpenik Nalbandyan.


  • 1931 – Exhibition of young Armenian artists
  • 1935 – "House of Red army" presented several graphic compositions (sketches of meetings, a self-portrait)
  • 1943 – Exhibited his works that were accomplished during the army in Armenia and Moscow
  • 1947 – 1st Personal exhibition,Yerevan, Armenia
  • 1964 – Personal exhibition celebrating his 50th birthday
  • 1965 – Personal exhibition in Tbilisi and Bulgaria
  • 1967 – Participated in exhibition in Montreal
  • 1970 – "Urartu till today" exhibition, Paris
  • 1974 – Morocco, personal exhibition
  • 1988 – Personal exhibition, Central House of Artists, Moscow
  • 2004 – Personal exhibition, Artists' Union of Armenia, Yerevan
  • 2006 - Personal exhibition, "Academy" Gallery, Yerevan
  • 2014 – Personal exhibition (devoted to the 100th anniversary of Edurad Isabekyan) National Gallery of Armenia, Yerevan[6]


  • 1956 – Announced the honored worker of arts
  • 1963 – Announced the People's Painter of Armenia
  • 2001 – Is awarded the "Mesrop Mashtots" medal by the Armenian Catholicos
  • 2002 – Becomes an honorable citizen of Yerevan
  • 2004 – Is awarded the "St.Sahak-St.Mesrop" medal by the Armenian Catholicos

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Painter Edward Isabekian Dies at 93 -".
  2. ^ "The memorial of Isabekyan Eduard (Էդուարդ Իսաբեկյան ) buried at Yerevan's Komitas Pantheon cemetery".
  3. ^ Khndzoresk Village,Eduard Isabekyan
  4. ^ "Behance".
  5. ^ LLC, Helix Consulting. "Իսաբեկյան Էդուարդ Հմայակի - Ավարայրի ճակատամարտը (Դ. Դեմիրճյանի «Վարդանանք» պատմավեպի նկարազարդում) - Շտեմարան - Հայաստանի ազգային պատկերասրահ".
  6. ^ "100th Anniversary". izi.TRAVEL. Retrieved 2017-06-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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