Anatoly Shipov. Seagulls. 1971. The Institute of Russian Realist art
Anatoly N. Shipov (1929-1986)
Oil on canvas
153.5 by 193 сm
The Institute of Russian Realist Art
The esthetics of Anatoly Shipov’s art is determined by an impressionistic attitude to nature. The
free, relaxed style and the keen vision of color and light are characteristic of his style. Two works by Shipov in this hall – “Seagulls” and “Fishing season” – are dedicated to artist’s favourite theme: fishing. Fishing with nets is one of the oldest methods of fishing. Along with harpoons and fishing rods, fishing nets have been used since Paleolithic times. Shipov’s painting “Putina” (Russian for “Fishing season”) is dedicated to the most successful period of fishing.. The fishing seasons vary according to which fish are most abundant – each species has its own time limits. The most important season, the salmon season, begins in early June in Kamchatka. “Fishing Season” could have probably been created in Mysovoye village, Crimea. A picturesque spot on the Azov Sea, Mysovoye has been a fishing village for centuries. Beluga and sturgeon were caught here, and black caviar was produced. The artist also netted inspiration from the oldest fish factory in Kerch, an hour’s drive from here, where he continued to work regularly into the 1980s.