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Геннадий Добров
Artist Gennady Dobrov
(1937 - 2011)

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Аrtistic biography
1. Preface
2. Childhood
3. The artist in his own words
4. Moscow Secondary Art School (1951-1956)
5. Moscow V.I.Surikov Art Institute (1956-1962)
6. Life lessons (1962-1973)
7. The artist in his wife’s words
8. "Autographs of  War" (1974-1980)
9. The author’s point of view
10. The musings of the artist’s wife
11. Opinions

12. Painting (1980)
13. Perestroika (1986-1990)
14. The 90’s
15. Afghanistan (1989-2001)
16. "The Gallery of  Dead Martyrs" (1997)
17. "The Mentally Ill of Russia " (2002-2004)
18. The last years of  life (2004-2011)
19. Epilogue
20. Afterword
21. Brief artistic biography


18. The last years of  life (2004-2011).

       In 2004 Gennady Dobrov went twice to work to the ruined Grozny which he had visited for the first time in the far youth. The result of the trips was "I Loved This City” series including 14 big drawings from nature. One of the Chechen newspapers called this series "City Landscapes under Mozart's Requiem". Residents of Grozny were grateful to the grey-haired silent artist for his sympathy to their. The drawings from "I Loved This City” series were printed in the Chechen and Russian magazines (more than 15 publications). A big interview with the artist was shown on the Grozny TV, and also in the broadcasts "Russian Look" on TVC and "Letters from the Province"' on "Kultura” TV channel.

"The former home of the Chechen policeman".
Grozny. 2004.

"Ruins of the Orthodox church."
Grozny. 2004.

"The last headquarters Salman Raduev".
Grozny. 2004.

      2006 – the year of the compelled refusal to work because of almost total loss of sight. After 6 difficult operations on the eyes sight was partially restored. The artist gradually returns back to work on oil painting in art-studio.

      In the summer of 2007 he was elected as the honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts.

Election Gennady Dobrov honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts  June 14, 2007.

    In January, 2008 Gennady Dobrov opened in New York in headquarters of the UN the "Requiem” exhibition.

Personal exhibition
"Drawings dedicated to the memory
of Holocaust victims and their liberators"
  at UN headquarters in New York on 17 January 2008.

On the background of skyscrapers.

With Patricia Thompson -
daughter of Vladimir Mayakovsky.

       In September-October, 2008 the artist went to the destroyed Tskhinvali. He drew the ruins of the houses, listened to the stories of the eyewitnesses of the recent drama and was convinced that common people, Ossetians and Georgians, helped and supported each other in the trouble. Result of the trip were the drawings "The Southern Ossetian Tragedy" (90 works - from big drawings to fast sketches from nature).

"Little House on the road.
Tskhinvali". 2008.

"The refusal to be interviewed". 
Tskhinvali. 2008.

      Gennady Dobrov's last creative tours were to Spaso-Gennadiyev's monastery in the Yaroslavl region and the Solovetsky Islands in the fall of 2009. The weak sight didn't allow him to work carefully with a pencil, to fulfill details on paper. The drawings became more generalized.

"Underground Prison XVI century.
The life imprisonment camera".
Solovki. 2009.

Year 2009.
 Restoration of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral of St. Gennadieva monastery. "

       At the beginning of 2010 the joyful message came  - the artist Gennady Dobrov is  appropriated to the rank "The National Artist of the Russian Federation". The commemorative award medal was handed to the artist in the Kremlin on May 6, 2010 by the President of Russia Medvedev D. A.

Moscow. Kremlin.
May 6, 2010.
Ceremony title of "People's Artist of Russia" Gennady Dobrov.

      With the approach of summer heat of 2010 a gradually weakening artist felt sharp deterioration of health: to the progressing diabetes and a chronic hypertension periodic vomiting after food added as a result of duodenal ulcer. Gennady Dobrov didn't like to call the doctors. It was difficult to work and it was necessary to lie. The caring wife was always near.
      The last joyful event in January, 2011 which he waited, was the election as the corresponding member of the Academy of Arts (instead of honorary membership) - couldn't improve his health. At the end of January he got to 1st City hospital with a partial left-side stroke. The paralysis was complicated by the old chronic diseases. The artist died in reanimation on March, 15.

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