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27 November 2020, 18:14

Photobook about Ferdynand Ruszczyc published in Belarus

MINSK, 27 November (BelTA) – The photobook “The land and sky of Ferdynand Ruszczyc” has been published by the Petrus Brovka Belarusian Encyclopedia Publishing House, BelTA learned from the publishing house.

“This year celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ferdynand Ruszczyc. To mark the occasion, the Petrus Brovka Belarusian Encyclopedia Publishing House has published the unique photobook ‘The land and sky of Ferdynand Ruszczyc' about the life and work of this outstanding Belarusian painter, graphic artist, stage designer, and pedagogue. He is regarded on a par with such famous painters as the Goravsky brothers, Stanislav Zhukovsky, and Vitold Byalynitsky-Birulya. Ferdynand Ruszczyc is considered the founder of the Belarusian national school of landscape painting. His versatile works follow traditions of Belarusian, Russian, Polish, and French art,” the publishing house noted.

More than 100 works by Ferdynand Ruszczyc, which are featured in the photobook, are part of the collections of numerous museums. These museums include the National Art Museum of Belarus, the national museums if Warsaw and Krakow, the Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature in Warsaw, the Borys Voznytsky Lviv National Art Gallery, the Lithuanian Art Museum, the Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg, and the private collection of the painter's family.

“The photobook ‘The land and sky of Ferdynand Ruszczyc' is a fine example of the cooperation between the publishing house and the National Art Museum of Belarus. The foreword to the book was written by the director of the museum Vladimir Prokoptsov. The text in the book is in three languages: Belarusian, Russian, and English,” the publishing house said. According to it, the edition can be used in secondary and higher education institutions and to showcase Belarusian art at the international level.

Ferdynand Ruszczyc (1870-1936) was a painter, graphic artist, stage designer, and pedagogue who left his mark on the art and cultural and social life of Belarus, Poland, and Lithuania. He was also famous in Russia and Europe. Ferdynand Ruszczyc was born in the Bogdanovo estate (the present-day village of Bogdanovo in Volozhin District, Minsk Oblast).

The memory of the famous writer is honored in many countries. There is a street named after him and a commemorative plaque in Minsk. Some places in Poland and Lithuania are also named after the painter. Bogdanovo has a street that bears Ferdynand Ruszczyc's name, too. The village annually hosts the international children's plein air “The land and sky of Ferdynand”. The 150th anniversary of the painter was added to the UNESCO calendar of anniversaries, which shows the recognition of the painter's talent in the world.

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