The Magnetic Attraction of «The Louvre in the Desert»
We got familiar with Gultina Pakhratdinova at the State Museum of Art named after I.V. Savitsky in Nukus. Young girl didn’t depart from the painting by Moscow artist S. Luppov, painted in vanguard style.
I knew nothing about this canvas and have asked the young visitor: What has it interested her in? The girl modestly replied that she is not very good at painting, but in the museum she often visits the works of Karakalpak artists, as well as Moscow artists, for whom the East has become the main theme in creativity.
– And the woman represented in a picture has attracted me like a magnet,
I can't just come off her, – Gultina admitted. – This is the artist's wife at the tragic moment when they have lost the child. The horror of this irreplaceable loss is transferred very thinly, is even imperceptible – tragic eyes of the woman tell the black color dominating on a canvas about a grief plus. But these feelings seize also the viewer; he adjoins to this misfortune, can't remain indifferent and empathizes him. But in a picture there is also white color and it as if optimism beams at this everyday drama. Here is the true talent of the artist, this is real art!
I admit, after these emotional words I have for a long time stopped near this vanguard exhibit, unable to tear my eyes away – the magnetic attraction of a brush of the outstanding, though not really famous artist should be felt.
From a conversation with this girl it has become clear that she studying the 1st academic lyceum at a local State University. She studies perfect and is an activist of the Union of Youth of Uzbekistan participates in his actions, plays sports. In general, paraphrasing a famous winged expression, one can say about her: an activist, an excellent athlete. She dreams of becoming a journalist, so next year she will go to college or in Nukus, or in Tashkent.
But then our conversation returned to the museum again as well as to its founder.
– Igor Savitsky is the great person, – Gultina Pakhratdinova is convinced. – He could make brilliant career in Moscow, could become the famous artist, but has connected the life with our amazing region to which «I have sincerely stuck» with all the heart. I am also sure that he loved our little people with all his heart, in those distant years lost in the sands, and was fascinated by his art. After a titanic work, I.Savitsky created a unique, unique museum of the world scale. And for the sake of his treasure to us here, almost to the ends of the earth, people come from all over the world.
The eloquence and sincerity of the young and nice Karakalpak girl couldn't leave indifferent, forcing to consider pictures again and again, seeing in each of them «trace» of the founder of the museum giving the collector of pictures who has become in one row with Tretyakov. And Igor Savitsky's child not only «Louvre in the desert» as call this unique museum, it also what titanic work of all his life sows reasonable, eternal, kind in human souls, especially in young people in whom it was also held light and grateful memory of him.