Noe Gedenidze (1914-2002) is one of the most original artists of the Soviet era. Before the War Gedenidze studied at the Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts. During the War he fought and was seriously wounded. In his mature years, in 1962 he graduated from the Surikov Moscow State Art Institute. Along with A. Laktionov, he painted portraits of party and government leaders. His real art life passed in a two-storey studio in the quiet Olkhovsky Lane, where he painted for own pleasure, not expecting to participate in any exhibitions. At the time, he created compositions full of colour, complex symbolism and personal mythology. During Gedenidze’s lifetime his works were exhibited only once at a small exhibition in 1987 in Khimki, a Moscow suburb.
On the picture above: Millions of copies of the famous portrait of V.I. Lenin were reproduced and hung on the walls of public buildings. However, very few people knew at the time, that this image well-known to everybody was painted by Noe Gedenidze.
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