PHOTO: Pavel Viktorovich Ryzhenko (1970-2014)
On this day – 16th July 2014 – the great Orthodox artist Pavel Viktorovich Ryzhenko died in Moscow, at the age of only 44.
Russia’s hugely popular Christian, patriotic, monarchist painter Pavel Viktorovich Ryzhenko created more than 60 paintings depicting scenes from Imperial Russian history, particularly from the era of the Holy Royal Martyr Nicholas II. Large-scale exhibits of his works have been held in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kostroma among other Russian cities.
Pavel Ryzhenko was born at Kaluga, Russia on 11 June 1970. In 1982 he entered the Moscow Art School at the Surikov Institute. In 1990 he entered the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, where he studied in the historical and religious workshop of Professor Ilya Glazunov. From 1999, he taught at the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. In 2007, Pavel began working at the Ryzhenko Military Artists Studio, where he became one of the leading masters of diorama-panoramic art (during his life, he painted six large-scale dioramas). In 2012 Ryzhenko was awarded the title “Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.”
Sadly, Ryzhenko died on 16 July 2014. The famed Orthodox artist died, on the eve of the day of remembrance of the death and martyrdom of the Holy Royal Martyrs, and just 5 days before his 44th birthday, the cause of death was a stroke.
Pavel Ryzhenko’s early death was a tremendous loss to Russia’s artistic and spiritual communities.
PHOTO: Pavel Ryzhenko’s grave in Zhdamirovskom Cemetery, Zhdamirovo
A memorial service for Pavel Ryzhenko was held on Sunday 22 July 2014 in the Church of All Saints in the village of Krasnoselsky District, Moscow. The funeral was held on the same day in Kaluga, followed by his burial at the Zhdamirovskom Cemetery, in the village of Zhdamirovo.
I had the great honour of attending an exhibition of his works during my first visit to Ekaterinburg in 2012. The exhibition was held in the Patriarchal Compound, which is situated across from the Church on the Blood.
Memory Eternal! Вечная Память!
Below, are six of Ryzhenko’s canvases, in which the Holy Royal Martyr Nicholas II is depicted:
The Farewell of the Tsar to His Troops: From the Triptych “Imperial Golgotha”. 2004
Wounded, the last Tsar on an inspection of a military hospital near the front in World War I
Imprisoned at Tsarkoye Selo: From the Triptych “Imperial Golgotha”. 2004
The Ipatiev House. The Morning After: From the Triptych “Imperial Golgotha”. 2004
A Photograph in Remembrance: From the Triptych “A Russian Century”. 2007
The Birth of Russian Aviation. 2007
© Paul Gilbert. 16 July 2021