1970s Soviet metal pin of a painted rose by Martiros Sergeevich Saryan (Мартирос Сергеевич Сарьян), a Soviet-Armenian painter who was born in 1880.
Saryan started to paint from the age of 16 and he continued until his retirement. After studying in Moscow for several years, Saryan returned back to his motherland, Armenia. His first landscapes depicting Armenia were highly praised in the exhibitions he organised in Moscow. From 1910 to 1913, he traveled extensively in Turkey, Egypt and Iran. Like all the modern artists of that time, Saryan was also into impressionism. However, along with that, he was also creating his own style. Saryan was sure that art has to call people to live and struggle, to make them believe and hope, that was why he started to draw flowers and paintings in bright colors. The more wars were taking place, the brighter and more colorful his paintings became. He made attempts to bring some kind of light and hope to his motherland in his work.
Saryan also designed the coat of arms for the Armenian SSR and designed the curtain for the first Armenian state theatre. He made a proposal for the flag of this independent Armenia based on the colours and designs of traditional Armenian fabrics and carpets, although his design was rejected.
Work of Saryan (in order)
- Egyptian masks (1911)
- Mottled landscape (1924)
1.4 x 2.4cm
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