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Gritsai, Aleksei M., Moscow

*1914      +1998

Peoples Artist of the USSR. Acting Member of the USSR Arts Academy. Winner of the State Prizes in 1951, 1952 and 1978.
In 1939 graduated from the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, studied first at the V.N. Yakovlev Studio, later - at the Studio of I.I. Brodsky. A. M. Gritsai started as a portrait painter; in the 1950 th made the series of the portraits of Academicians, for which he has been awarded with the State Premium. Further on the landscape, both of monumental and epic directions, got the central place in the artists works. The painter is the author of the series of landscapes of Leningrad and its outskirts, views of Volga and Oka, kept in the traditions of I.I. Levitan and F.A. Vasiliev.
Since 1946 - permanent participant of the national and international exhibitions.
In 1957 was awarded by the bronze medal of the World Exhibition in Brussels. In 1973 he won the I.E. Repin RSFSR State Premium. In 1948-1974 he was teaching at the Surikov MOSCOW State Institute of Arts, since 1966 - at the Professors rank.
Since 1966 - member of Presidium of the USSR Academy of Arts.
The works of A.M. Gritsai are kept at the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, Art Museums of Kaluga, Viatka, Saratov and Lvov.

Melted snow and ice is running.1967