Levon Chookaszian: The Life and Art of Arshag Fetvajian, Master Armenian Artist

Posted on May 04, 2016



An Arshag Merguerian Memorial Lecture at NAASR Co-sponsored by NAASR and the Armenian Museum of America Arshag Fetvajian (1866-1947) was one of the most international of Armenian artists. Though his sophisticated views of late-19th-century European and Armenian scenery and manners have made him the subject of some important exhibitions and studies, there remains a need to take a closer look at Fetvajian, born in Trebizond, trained in Ottoman Turkey and Italy, who lived in Austria, Russia, Armenia, Georgia, England, and the United States and traveled widely.

Unfortunately, his works are scattered across the world and many are seldom seen and little known. Prof. Levon Chookaszian’s recent work on Fetvajian is the most comprehensive to date in presenting a large number of his artworks, accompanied by a detailed narrative of his life and works in Armenian, Russian, and English. Chookaszian is the UNESCO Professor of Armenian Art History at Yerevan State University and one of the leading authorities in the world on Armenian art. He has taught at Yerevan State University since 1978 and is one of the founders of the department of art history. He is the author of many scholarly books and articles on a wide variety of subjects. 2013

Source: the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)

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