Archangel Gabriel

Mykola Fediuk

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Basic information
Mykola Fediuk
Archangel Gabriel
Date of creation
Eastern Europe
oil painting
cardboard paper oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
48.5 x 32
Information about author
Mykola Fediuk
Artist's lifetime
Mykola Fediuk (February 26, 1885, Golubtsi village (now Brody district) – May 17, 1962, Vynnyky town) was a figurative artist, painter, graphic artist, and teacher. Between 1896 and 1903, he received his primary education at Brody Gymnasium; later, between 1903 and 1907, he studied in Lviv Gymnasium. From 1907 to 1908, Mykola Fediuk attended the Faculty of Law of Lviv University. The circumstances of Mykola Fediuk’s acquaintance with Andrey Sheptytsky are unknown, but it was thanks to the Metropolitan's patronage that the future artist had the opportunity to start studying at the Krakow Academy of Arts. Between 1910 and 1916, the artist studied at the Krakow Academy, and later at the Munich Academy of Arts. He was the author of picturesque portraits and landscapes, such as “Cypresses” (1910), “Chapel in Lviv” (1910), “Self-Portrait” (1915), and others. All these works have been preserved in the funds of the Andrey Sheptytsky National Museum in Lviv. He was also the author of articles on artistic topics. In general, the funds of the National Museum in Lviv house fifty paintings by Mykola Fediuk, dating from the 1910s to the 1950s. Mykola Fediuk has proved himself not only as a painter and graphic artist but also as a fine art critic and an excellent teacher. For some time, he lived in Brody, where he worked as a professor at the Jozef Korzeniowski State Gymnasium from 1923 to 1927. From 1934, the artist lived in the town of Vynnyky on Nova Street, 7 (now Mykola Fediuk Street). From 1947 to 1950, after the Second World War, Mykola Fediuk was a teacher and then head of the graphics department at the Institute of Decorative Arts in Lviv. In 1975, at the Lviv Museum of Ukrainian Art, Mykola Fediuk's first personal exhibition took place to mark the artist's 90th birthday (unfortunately, posthumously). In 1969, a fire in the Vynnyky house destroyed all the author's works in the attic. The master rightfully took a prominent place in the history of Ukrainian art of the twentieth century. Mykola Fediuk died and was buried in Vynnyky.
Object description
The full-height vertical composition has a chest image of the Archangel Gabriel with a flower in his hands on a golden background. Light brown strands of hair fall to the right shoulder, covering the forehead. Around the head, somewhat tilted down to the right, is a golden halo. The angel is dressed in a greyish-green chiton with a round neckline. The chiton is decorated with a braided ornament. The colour of the painting is harmonized by the combination of bluish-grey and gold motifs in the clothes, the golden halo and brown hair strands, which is balanced by the rhythm of the lines and movements in the angel's face and wings. In terms of composition, the painting by M. Fediuk is close to the stylistics of Early Renaissance artists.