Have a look at the war paintings by Kazim Kazimzade. Aren’t they wonderful? But they are just a tiny— although important—part of his long and fruitful career as an artist.
If you’re not familiar with this great Azerbaijani artist, Kazim Kazimzade worked in a variety of graphic art genres, including portraiture, landscape, and illustrations. He made the first steps to the art right before the beginning of World War II. It was time for constant experiments for Azerbaijani artists. Young Kazimzade was not an exception.
From 1936 to 1937, he worked in Azemashr magazine and then spent one more year in Ushaqnashr as a painter. The illustrations he made for a fairytale Alibaba and 40 robbers published in a children’s magazine Pioneer provided him with his first success. After proving to be one of the most productive and demanded artists in illustration, Kazimzade continued his collaboration with Azemashr magazine as the head of its department charged with columns for teenagers.
In 1937, Kazimzade produced about 70 images with Indian ink to illustrate Azerbaijani Folk Fairytales. Other works of the time in the area included the illustrations for Abdulla Shaig’s Magic Ring, Mir Jalal’s Intrigue and Two painters, and Mirmehdi Seyidzade’s Isgender and Shepherd.
At the outbreak of the Second World War, Kazim Kazimzade continued his artistic activity on the battlefront along with several of his peers. The trips he made resulted in a great number of pencil sketches in the style of realism, in particular landscapes and portraits, showing Azerbaijani courageous young men and women who struggled for their homeland. Later, the drawings served as a base for a big series entitled On the Roads of War.
During this period of time, Kazimzade was also involved in public service. In 1942, he occupied the post of a director of Azerbaijan National Museum of Art (then Azerbaijan State Museum of Art) serving in that capacity till the end of his days.
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