NF, "The Energy of the Clouds," aka "The Being of the Sunset," 1970's, 7 1/2 in x 9 1/4 in, oil on board
Nikita Fedosov (1939-1992): “The Energy of the Clouds,” also referenced as “The Being of the Sunset”. Nikita Fedosov is revered as Russia’s greatest artist of the 20th century. Born in 1939, Fedosov was only 2 years old when WWII began and spent the early part of his life moving back and forth between the city and the countryside. At the age of 10, Fedosov went to study at the Moscow Secondary Art School, the preparatory school for the Surikov Institute, where Fedosov and his cousin, Mikhail Kugach, also an accomplished artist, studied until 1956. Fedosov was greatly influenced by his uncle, the famous artist, Yuri Kugach. Fedosov spent a great deal of his time either alone or with the Kugach family in Kizhi. Once completing his studies at the Moscow Secondary Art School Fedosov went on to study at the Surikov Institute for six more years. Due to the general rejection of the Russian Realist School during the decade following his graduation from the Surikov, Fedosov and several other individuals from Surikov and elsewhere banded together in 1973 to form the “Exhibit of the Twelve.” The group included Surikov graduates Mikhail Kugach and Vyacheslav Zabelin. It was with this group that Fedosov began exhibiting his works and started receiving wider recognition within the art world. In 1974, the Moscow River Group of painters was formed by the renowned Yuri Kugach. This group included the “Exhibit of the Twelve” artists as well as others. In 1991, Fedosov was nominated by the Russian Artists’ Guild and it’s president V.M. Siderov, for a major government award for his series Seasons and other works. Beginning in 1991, Fedosov exhibited in Seoul, Korea with V. Korchagin, A. Sukhovetskii, G. Sysolyatin, V.Telin, and V. Shalaev. One of the paintings he sold there was a portrait of a monk, which he painted with his left hand after breaking his right. Copies of the pieces are now displayed in Korea. Nikita Fedosov died on May 17, 1992.