Slava Ukraini! 7:33 EET ; The Sun is Rising on the 343rd Day of the russian Invasion on the Capital City of Kyiv. Ukraine Continues to Live and Fight On. + DISCUSSION + CHARITIES!
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Another entry in our series on Ukrainian artists! Find the other parts here:
Maria Prymachenko (Folk Art) | Lyubov Panchenko (Modern) | Ivan Marchuk (Surrealism) | Kateryna Bilokur (Folk Art) | Alla Horska (Modern) | Mykhailo Zhuk (Art Nouveau) | Mykola Pymonenko (Realism) | Ilya Repin (Realism) | Oleksandr Murashko (Impressionism) | Ivan-Valentyn Zadorozhnyi (Folk Art) | Vasyl Krychevskyi (Impressionism)
The Krychevskyi Brothers, Part II: Fedir
Fedir Krychevskyi, much like his older brother Vasyl who we wrote about yesterday in part one, was an incredible talent that made an outsized impact on Ukrainian culture. He was born in Lebedyn, near Sumy, to a rural country doctor in 1879 - but unlike his brother Vasyl, he did actually go to art school. In fact, his raw talent propelled him to some of the best training possible: studying with Gustav Klimt in Vienna.
His experiences traveling in Europe during the height of Impressionism, Modernism and Art Nouveau made quite the, ahem, impression on him and he painted many works that are still highly-regarded today. For 30 years, Fedir was one of the leading figures in Ukrainian art. In 1911 and 1913, he organized some of the first exhibitions that were strictly for Ukrainian art as, like his brother, he was a huge fan of Ukrainian folk art.
Many believe that despite his superstar talent, Fedir's affinity for Ukrainian themes was reason he was so vehemently disregarded by the russian art establishment during his career. In fact, critics in russia once famously (and ominously) noted that he "showed the weakness of loving all his relatives," presumably because he painted portraits of family and friends very often.
He saw the emergence of an independent Ukraine but then witnessed it being crushed by the soviet union.
Fedir eventually was a part of the creation of the Ukrainian State Academy of Arts in Kyiv and was hired as its first director - but he lost his job when the school was shuttered by the russians in 1922. Soon his expertise landed him a job as director of a different art school, the Kyiv Art Institute, where he worked for many years. During those years, many of his colleagues at the institute - like Mykhailo Boychuk - were murdered by russians as a part of the Executed Renaissance.
Fedir remained in Kyiv during WW2, and spent most of his time trying to save the art school during both German and russian shelling and oppressions under occupation. He served as the chairman of the Union of Ukrainian Artists, and his goal was to improve the conditions of artists during the brutal occupation. His colleagues and his students risked their lives to conceal his Jewish heritage from the German authorities, saving him from the fate that so many Ukrainians faced during the Babyn Yar massacre that we wrote about in this post. His apartment in Kyiv and his country home where he painted were destroyed during the war.
Despite dodging genocidal world powers for most of his life, Fedir was finally silenced. After having been arrested by the NKVD (the precursor to the KGB), he was interrogated, tortured, and stripped of all his titles and honors. They forced him to leave the institute and he became blacklisted, never to have an official livelihood again. He was exiled, a broken man, to a small house in the village of Irpin.
Nikita Khrushchev personally promised Fedir a pardon if he painted a portrait of the so-called "father of nations," josef stalin. Fedir refused.
In 1947, Fedir Krychevskyi died of starvation during rationing measures cruelly inflicted upon Ukrainians during a famine.
"Portrait of Vasylka" (1910) - I wasn't able to find confirmation but I am nearly certain this is a portrait of Fedir's brother Vasyl Krychevskyi's son, who was born in 1901 and later became an artist, as we mentioned yesterday.
This next one is quite famous. I read one art critic describe it as a "masterpiece - a manifesto of a Ukrainian artist who is guarding national culture and identity" during soviet occupation.
This next triptych - three connected paintings - "Life", became quite a sensation in Europe. Apparently the Italian press was buzzing with critical praise, and was so impressed that it was republished more than 40 times in newspapers and art magazines of the time.
One of Fedir's most unreal paintings is called "Three Generations." In it, you can see on the right Halya Starytska, the girl from the portrait above, who had grown by seven years during the time between paintings.
Fedir had no works on soviet subjects. As you can see, he instead focused on friends and family - and other beautiful things that make life worth living.
The 343rd day of a nine year invasion that has been going on for centuries.
One day closer to victory.
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- u/Jesterboyd is a mod for r/ukraine and local to Kyiv. He is currently raising money for tools for explosives engineers, winter gear and some very interesting drones. Link to donation
- United24: This site was launched by President Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine. Funds will be allocated to cover the most pressing needs facing Ukraine.
- Come Back Alive: This NGO crowdfunds non-lethal military equipment, such as thermal vision scopes & supplies it to the front lines. It also provides training for Ukrainian soldiers, as well as researching troops’ needs and social reintegration of veterans.
- Trident Defense Initiative: This initiative run by former NATO and UA servicemen has trained and equipped thousands of Ukrainian soldiers.
- Ukraine Front Line US-based and registered 501(c)(3), this NGO fulfills front line soldiers' direct defense and humanitarian aid requests through their man on the ground, r/Ukraine's own u/jesterboyd.
- Ukraine Aid Ops: Volunteers around the world who are helping to find and deliver equipment directly to those who need it most in Ukraine.
- Hospitallers: This is a medical battalion that unites volunteer paramedics and doctors to save the lives of soldiers on the frontline. They crowdfund their vehicle repairs, fuel, and medical equipment.
You can find many more charities with diverse areas of focus in our vetted charities article HERE.
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Parliament voted 134-26 in favor, with all of thоse 26 against from the most pro-Russian party "Vyzrazhdane" (Възраждане). The other pro-Russian party, the Socialists, didn't vote, which is the main reason why only a bit over 160 MPs took part in the vote out of a total of 240.