Yerofeyev Vasily Ivanovich (1937-2020)
Oil on canvas
182 x 187 cm
The list of titles and awards of Vasily Yerofeyev impresses: Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1977), People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1986). He was awarded the Medal «For Labour Excellence» (1983), the Gold Medal of the Union of Artists of Russia named after V. I. Surikov «For Outstanding Contribution to the Fine Arts of Russia» (2014), several diplomas of the Academy of Arts and the Council of Ministers of the RSFSR. The paintings of the artist are kept in many museums of the country, incl. in the collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery («Kursk beauties», 1974).
As a painter Vasily Yerofeyev worked in different genres. He has «official» portraits of veterans, heroes and a considerable number of portraits of people close to him: family members, friends, like-minded people. Landscape as a lyrical experience of native nature - also quite «Yerofeyevsky» genre in which he was able to say a lot. But the main part of the artist’s heritage are large-format canvases. Yerofeyev said: «I am a painter». To call his works genre paintings is not quite true. Even simple motifs in the artist’s interpretation acquire an epic intonation.