Exhibition of works of P. Ghanskiy

February 14, 2017 г.

On the 17th of February at 15:00 in the exhibition hall of the Odessa Fine Arts Museum (5A, Sofievskaya street) will open an exhibition of works from the Museum collections of the 150th anniversary of the Odessa artist's  birthday, a member of the society of South Russian Artists, Peter Pavlovich Ghanskiy (1876-1942).

The exhibition presents 50 works of the artist, painted in oil, watercolor, pastel. Small in size, most of them are of sketchy nature. They are all drawn from nature.

Unfortunately, the artist is not a well-known person. In the Ukrainian museums his works are not exhibited, with the exception of the National Museum of Ukrainian Art in Kiev, where a small etude "Odessa Sea Port" is saved and Mykolaiv Art Museum of Vladimir Vereschagin – "Female portrait", which was deposited in the early 1960-ies from the Odessa Fine Arts Museum by order of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine.

In Odessa P. Ghanskiy is known as a master of intimate, refined works in a very narrow circle of art lovers. However, his name always appeares at exhibitions among the most famous Odessa artists, such as K. K. Kostandi, P. Nilus, T. Y. Dvornikov, G. S. Golovkov, E. Bukovetsky, V. V. Kandinsky and many others.

In August 1994, the Museum was visited by nieces of P. Ghanskiy who lived in Tallinn (Estonia) – Elena Ponomareva and Tatyana Zolotova. They presented the Museum few photos from the family album, a series of archival materials and more than thirty watercolour sketches made by the artist in Paris. After nine years of correspondence with the nieces of the artist, in 2003, chief curator of the Odessa Fine Arts Museum Lyudmila Eremina, published a small book about P. Ghanskiy with the facts of his biography, which was sent to Tallinn. The heirs responded immediately to the publication and through the Embassy of Ukraine in Estonia, the Museum was given forty works, the presentation of which took place in the halls of the Museum in 2004. A significant collection of works by Peter Ghanskiy saved in the collection of the Odessa art Museum, will help to celebrate today the anniversary of the artist.