Soviet and Jewish artist
The outstanding artist of the Soviet era
Realistic Writing Wizard
Guetzky Semyon Natanovich (Simkha Nusenovich), a Soviet painter was born on May 15, 1902 in Zhytomyr. He graduated from Zhytomyr art school, and later – Kiev Art Institute. He worked as an animator at the Kiev film studio, without ceasing to engage in painting and self-education. Member of the Civil and Great Patriotic War, a war veteran who survived the fighting, typhoid, injured – he managed to return to the world of painting, retaining the warmth and unyielding love of people.
World-wide fame came to S. Guetsky as the author of Vladimir Lenin’s iconic portraits, easel historical canvases about the revolution and the civil war, created by him under the pressure of the political moods of post-war Ukraine: “Smolny. 1917 “,” In the Last Underground “,” Soldier’s Song “,” Duma on the Serf Share “,” V.I. Lenin with Donbas miners ”,“ On the threshold of life ”,“ On scorched earth ”and others. The artist himself is a modest, benevolent and open, who dreams to write biblical scenes without being able to express himself forever as a man of drama for the audience, and maybe tragedy …
Semen Guetsky – master of realistic writing, always remained a professional of the highest class. Through all his life he carried respect for the classical school of painting. However, with all the tradition, S. Guetsky – an artist with a pronounced individuality. His works are warmed by true lyricism, love for nature, depth of penetration into its character, and an indispensable desire for aesthetics. The space of his paintings is always open, and their admiration is predetermined by the beauty of the most unassuming motive. Even the artist’s epic canvases are very lyrical and filled with warmth.
The main value for S. Guetsky is a man. Therefore, in his work the artist prefers a portrait. Regardless of the compositional construction, there is always a movement in his works, a barely guessed turn of the head or an expressive gesture capable of determining much in creating an image. His swift emotional style a la prima gives the portraits passion and psychology.
The still lifes of S. Guetsky are extraordinarily beautiful and interesting. Both objectivity and “subtext” created by the lighting, composition, intense color and peculiarities of writing are important in them. In the images of flowers, rural utensils, hunting trophies there is always an internal plot, invisible symbolism and refinement.
According to the stories of contemporaries and close friends of the master, he was very demanding of himself, self-critical and modest, and most of the portraits were written by him “for himself”. Being a Honored Art Worker, a regular participant in prestigious international exhibitions, an exhibitor of the largest museums of the world (Dresden Art Gallery, etc.) S. Guetsky only in old age began to prepare a personal exhibition, which was never to be held …