On October 11, in the State Museum of Fine Arts of Turkmenistan the exhibition dated to the 95th birthday anniversary of Turkmen painter Aykhan Khajyev will take place.
The master who possesses a natural gift and rich creative biography, Aykhan Khajyev is a real hero of his time. He painted not just pictures, namely the life of Turkmen people, its structure and life mode of ordinary people.
Aykhan Khajyev studied in the Turkmen art school named after Shota Rustaveli, graduated from the Moscow Institute named after Surikova, himself worked as teacher. Several documentary films of him were made and a book was written.
One of the most famous works of the artist is a canonical portrait of great Turkmen poet Mahtumkuli painted in 1947. For its creation the painter went to the native places of the classic poet and in detail studied his biography.
In creative searches the artist looked for the most close to real image of Mahtumkuli, literally collecting it by particles. He made 4 works, but any of them did not suit the exacting master.
– Somehow the father saw a dream in which to him a tall man came. «Hey, the son, you so long suffer over drawings, and I look as you me see me now», those were words of Mahtumkuli whom the father saw in his dream. Having woken up, the father tried to restore the image of him in his memory as he saw in dream. And this – the fifth portrait appeared best of all attempts to draw a great poet.
This picture decorates to this day the hall of the Museum of Fine Arts in Ashgabat.
Aykhan Khajyev also taught his pupils that it is necessary to create pictures forever. Depicting celebrated people on canvases – veterans, carpet makers, cotton pickers, he devoted contemplators the original world of Turkmen people.
– I am one of pupils of Aykhan Khajyev, and very much proud that I studied under the supervision of such master, – artist Mojek Charyev says. – He possessed vigorous gift and constantly developed it. He taught us, his students to see all subtleties of palette of colours, to fill pictures with colour, characteristic of our land.