Vladimir Griegorovich Tretchikoff (1913 - 2006) Singapore, South African, Russian Artist Oil
Vladimir Griegorovich Tretchikoff (1913 - 2006)
Vladimir Griegorovich Tretchikoff was active/lived in Singapore, South Africa, Russian Federation. Vladimir Tretchikoff is known for realist figure, portrait, still life and animal painting.
Signed Lower Left
Oil on Masonite
Painting Size: 29" x 10".
Frame Size: 35" x 16".
Good condition, no visible damage
He quickly became famous in South Africa thanks to a book that collected his portraits of Oriental women and pictures of flowers, and held successful exhibitions in Cape Town and Johannesburg , where he met fellow contemporary artist Helen Anne Petrie for the 1st time. His fame spread to the United States, where the Rosicrucians of San Jose invited him to launch an American tour. Around 19,000 people saw his show in Los Angeles and 51,000 in San Francisco. In Seattle, a rival show which included Picasso and Rothko sold fewer tickets to Tretchikoff's satisfaction. A million Americans finally saw his paintings, which then went on to Canada with equal success. His famous Chinese Girl, a 1950 painting featuring an Eastern model with blue-green skin, is a best selling print. This style of portrait was often duplicated by fellow South African female artist Helen Anne Petrie. Prints of the painting became widespread during the 1960s and 1970s, and the painting was featured in various plays and television programmes: the original set of Alfie, with a drawn moustache in one episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus and an episode of Doctor Who. This was followed by a large exhibition in 1961 at Harrods in London where he decided that the Harrod's art gallery was too small. He requested and was granted the privilege of having his exhibition in the ground-floor exhibition space. 205,000 people attended the exhibition and one of his British admirers, Leslie Rigall, bought ten paintings and designed his new house in Windsor Great Park around them. Other popular paintings of oriental figures were Miss Wong and Balinese Girl. He said of British prima ballerina assoluta, Alicia Markova, who sat for The Dying Swan, that she was his most stimulating sitter. In 1973 Tretchikoff published Pigeon's Luck, an account of his wartime experiences. He suffered a stroke in 2002 that left him unable to paint, and died on 26 August 2006 in Cape Town, his home since 1946. He is survived by his wife and daughter, four granddaughters and five great-grandchildren. The South African National Gallery never acquired an original Tretchikoff because they did not "really regard Tretchikoff as a South African artist". Tretchikoff once said that the only difference between himself and Vincent Van Gogh was that Van Gogh had starved whereas he had become rich. Soon after his death the Tretchikoff Trust was established. The Trust hosts workshops for teenagers throughout South Africa. The Trust is based on Tretchikoff's life motto "Express your passion, do whatever you love, take action, no matter what". In 2008, an exhibition was held at Wembley Square in Cape Town of his work.
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