Evgeniy Kropivnitsky

(13.07.1893 - 19.01.1976) 


Poet, painter, graphic artist, illustrator and teacher.


In 1904-1911 he studied at the Stroganov School of Industrial Art, where he graduated with the title "scientist drawer».

In 1912-1920 studied painting, experimenting in the spirit of Cubism, Expressionism and Futurism, but also wrote poetry and music. He studied at the University of AL Shanyavsky at the Faculty of History (1915-1918).

In 1920-1923 conducted art workshops in several cities of the North, the Urals and Siberia (in Vologda, Tyumen, and others). He captivated the ancient themes of mythology and fantasy stories.

In 1923-1939, after returning to Moscow, along with his wife, artist O. Potapova, lived on the station Lianozovo near Moscow, communicate and make friends with P. Kuznetsov, A. Tyshler, Konchalovsky, A. Shevchenko.


Worked as head of the art studio in the Forest School. Vorovsky, taught in the homes of pioneers. Teaching left much time for creative work, and he enthusiastically painted in the spirit of expressive cubism, and in 1930 moved on to landscape painting.

Since 1937 has repeatedly exhibited his works at exhibitions of artists-teachers of Moscow and the region.

Member of the Union of Artists since 1939.


The second half of 1950 was the inspiration and ideologist Lianozovo.

Start a new creative period EL Kropivnitskogo be around 1958, when he retired and was able to devote himself entirely to finding and experimentation in art.

In 1962 he had his first and only lifetime personal exhibition in the exhibition hall of Moscow Union Street ZHOLTOVSKOGO (now Ermolaevsky lane) in Moscow.

For so-called 'Lianozovo "was in 1963 expelled from the Union of Artists, but continued to exhibit in Moscow, and later abroad. His works were exhibited at an exhibition of paintings and drawings from the collection of A. Glezer (Tbilisi, 1967); 2-m fall show of "open air" in Forest Park Izmailovo (Moscow, 1974), as well as in exhibitions in Paris, London, Chartres , Tokyo, etc. Even after his death his works have participated in exhibitions at the Museum Bochum (Germany, 1979), in Jersey City (USA, 1980), etc.


Kropyvnytskyi gained fame as a poet because "samizdat" and "tamizdatu" and his first book "a sad smile," was released in Paris in 1976.


He works with oil, tempera, gouache, watercolor, pastels, color and black ink, markers, sanguine, black and colored pencils, paste, pens ... he works in the prints and monotypes. Often confusing variety of seemingly do not get along among themselves techniques and practices that it seeks to combinations of new and interesting effects ... Often - it still lives, I would say - ... Sometimes it's semi-abstract paintings on the themes of ancient mythology, depicting the "devils", " homes "," water "...

He found a very specific and original artistic image of girls, girls, women. These portraits inherent one mood, one character. Conditional, "abstract" as he calls himself an artist ... They are not individualized. As you can see, there is no cost and without the influence of Russian icon painting with its purity and spirituality, with its conventionality ... » (L. Kropiwnicki, 1965).



One of the first artistic communities of the opposition of art was formed in 1956 around Eugene Kropivnitskogo - poet and artist - at the station Lianozovo near Moscow. The group included not only artists - Eugene Kropiwnicki, Oskar Rabin, Vladimir Nemukhin, Valentina Kropivnitskaya, Leo Kropiwnicki, Lydia Masterkova, Nikolai Vechtomov, but poets - Henry Sapgir, Igor Holin, Vsevolod Nekrasov. The many facets of personality E. Kropivnitskogo allowed him to become a link between poets and artists Lianozovo. Poets are often reflected in his poems the work of artists, in turn, identifying the pictures of some of them. For example, it is believed that a specific plot canvas works of O. Rabin was inspired by the "barracks" poetry E. Kropivnitskogo and I. Choline.


Lianozovo group - is "... the pointlessness and figurative, emotion and rationality, the sharp activity and wise contemplation, abstraction, expressiveness, surreal ... Everyone is talking about his. And their language. Belonging to a group did not affect their independence ... "(L. Kropiwnicki, 1965).


Lianozovo at that time was truly the cultural center, where on Sunday came to see the pictures and listen to poetry readings Moscow intelligentsia. They visited many famous writers and poets, such as Ilya Ehrenburg, B. Slutsky, V. Aksenov, N. Hikmet, and others.


«... Lianozovo - are people, people who have found themselves and each other, as if walking on the spiritual paths. ... As a whole informal sixties - artists, poets, composers - they regained the lost space in the art, lost in the immense abyss, let's say, between the twentieth and sixties. We have restored this link ... "(interview with Vladimir Nemukhin. Interview with Alexander Glezer /Lianozovo: origins and destiny. Collected materials and catalog for the exhibition in the Tretyakov Gallery. M. 1998).

Evgeniy Kropivnitsky - Graphics