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An exhibition shedding light on one of Russia’s most acclaimed yet persecuted artists, Anatoly Zverev, has opened in Moscow.
The show – titled “Nicknamed: the Beast” – spans the artist’s entire career.
Zverev was the founder of Russian Expressionism. His work is considered similar to that of Jackson Pollock and Henri Matisse.
Eccentric and extravagant, Zverev is most known for his portrait art.
“Zverev was a great portraitist,” Viktoria Stupina, curator of the exhibition, told RT. “He could perfectly reflect the personality of a model, especially if he had a huge respect for his model. If he didn’t like the person he could even pee on the portrait.”
One of the USSR’s greatest underground artists, Zverev was persecuted by the authorities throughout his life.
“His art was revolutionary for Russia, and, of course, other artists hated him,” Stupina said. “He was such a free spirit that he was afraid of prisons and police. And they considered him dangerous, especially his mind. He was not only a great artist, but also a philosopher.”
The exhibition is being held in the Seasons Gallery, Moscow, at Sretensky Boulevard 6, korpus 2, building 1