Portrait of Maksym Muzyka

Yaroslava Muzyka

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Basic information
Yaroslava Muzyka
Portrait of Maksym Muzyka
Date of creation
Eastern Europe
mixed technique
old icon panel levkas tempera oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
39 x 29
Information about author
Yaroslava Muzyka
Artist's lifetime
Yaroslava Muzyka (Stefanovych) was born in Zaliztsi in Ternopil region on January 10, 1894. She died on November 24, 1973, in Lviv. She was an artist of diverse preferences and talent. She turned to graphic art – linocuts, woodcuts, drypoint, monotyping; painting – oil, tempera, gouache, encaustic; mosaic and enamel, on glass, grattage on gold or silver foil, batik, embossing on leather, embossing on metal. She studied drawing and painting at the L. Podhorodecki Free Academy of Fine Arts in Lviv, and at the Academy André Lhote in Paris. In 1928 she trained as an art restorer at the I. Grabar Central State Restoration Workshop in Moscow. She also worked at the National Museum in the restoration workshop. Yaroslava Muzyka was one of the founders of the Association of Independent Ukrainian Artists (AIUA), a Ukrainian public art organization that operated in Lviv from 1931–1939. In 1937, the artist learned the difficult technique of burning enamel objects by attending Maria Dolnytska classes in Lviv. She also taught herself from French and German enamelling books. The artist worked in the technique of bulk (scenic, painted) and cloisonne enamel. The favourite subjects of her enamel works were: Hutsul demonology, pagan mythology, beliefs of ancient Slavs, the works of T.G. Shevchenko, images of animals, female portraits.
Object description
An old icon board depicts a bust-length portrait of Maksym Muzyka, a husband of Yaroslava Muzyka. He was a well-known scientist-microbiologist in Lviv. He was a member of Shevchenko Scientific Society, Director of the Institute of Bacteriology and Chemistry of the Shevchenko Scientific Society. In 1920–1924 he was a Dean of the Secret Ukrainian University in Lviv and a head of the laboratory of the "cash desk for the sick". In 1939–1941 – Deputy Director and Associate Professor of Microbiology at the Lviv Medical Institute. In 1941 he was invited to work in Kyiv, when the war began he was evacuated to Bishkek. In 1944 he became director and then deputy director of the Lviv Veterinary Institute.
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Maksym Muzyka
Lifetime of the person portrayed