State historical-architectural, landscape and natural museum-preserve «Izborsk»

3 August 2015


August 3, 2015


Pyotr Pavlovich Ossovskiy, an honorary citizen of Pskov, passed away on August 1, 2015. He held many honors. He was a People's Artist of the USSR, a Laureate of The USSR State Prize, of the International Prize named after Mikhail Sholokhov, a full member of Russian Academy of Arts, a cavalier of The Order "For Merit to the Fatherland", The Order of the Badge of Honour, The Order of Friendship of Peoples, the Order of Saints Cyril and Methodius and the Order of Andrei Rublev.

Pyotr Pavlovich Ossovskiy was born on May 18, 1925 inMalaya Viska Village in the Ukraine. After finishing secondary art school in Moscow he entered Moscow State Academic Art Institute named after V.I. Surikov.  

He became one of the founders of the so called “Austere Style” - an artistic trend which appeared in early 1960-s. PyotrPavlovich dedicated his life to the development and flourishing of culture in our country. This revered master occupied a significant place among world-class artists as well. His works are considered classics of 20th century Russian Art. 

Pyotr Pavlovich took part in numerous exhibitions in Russia and abroad. His paintings can be found in the collections of the largest museums in Russia and CIS states, private and state collections of Germany, Bulgaria, Poland, The Czech Republic,England, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, Finland, Japan, The USA,Egypt, Israel and Venezuela etc. 

Pskov and the Izborsk area occupied a special place in the work of Pyotr Pavlovich. It became the spiritual motherland for PyotrOssovskiy’s important art exhibition “In the Land of Ancient Pskov” dedicated to his 50th Birthday. It became the first personal exhibition of the artist in Pskov-land. 

A unique exhibition of Pyotr Ossovskiy’s paintings named “Izborsk Chamber of Russian Language and Orthodox Faith” was opened in Izborsk in dedication to 1150th anniversary of the town’s first mention in Russian chronicles. It is an enormous large scale work which impresses with the depth of its patriotism. “I have been long looking for my Russia and have found it here in Pskov-land” – said Pyotr Pavlovich at the opening of the exhibition.

Izborsk State Museum-Reserve of History, Architecture and Land are proud to have his magnificent and important works of art decorate the walls of The Izborsk Chamber. They are perceived as an appeal to all of us to preserve our feeling to the motherland and our Orthodox faith. And they value greatly the Russian language.

We greatly cherish the memory of this talented artist, an honest and dedicated man, who artistically managed to do many important and useful things. 

On behalf of all the staff of Izborsk State Museum-Reserve of History, Architecture and Land allow me to express condolences to Pyotr Ossovskiy’s relatives and friends.

Natalia Dubrovskaya,

Director of Izborsk State Museum-Reserve of History, Architecture and Land

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