Oscar KATCHAROV (né en 1924) : Huile sur toile dimensions 130 x 125 cm signée en bas à droite et contresigné au dos et datée 1972, intitulé Moscou Trinité.
Soviet Literature" 1990
THE ARTIST'S SOLFEGGIO, OR TEN COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW
Oskar Kacharov's studio is in the centre of Moscow - at the down-town end of Gorky Street (now Tverskaya st.) No lush studio, though, rather modest and badly in need of renovation. But the district is surely prestigeous - look through the window and you're looking directly at the big clock on the central Post Office, and down below - the bustle in Gorky Street. The clock is ticking off time into eternity, the bustle and noise are distracting. But not for Kacharov - nothing can distract him. He's found of the incessantly milling crowds and permanent chaos of the capital. His studio is constantly filled with friends, pupils, fellow-artists, musicians, architects, theatre people.
Rezo Gabriadze, a talented playwright, artist and sculptor, working in film, drama and puppet theatre, once wrote to him, "Dear Oskar, I know few artists as dedicated as you are. That must be painfully hard. What I like about you as a person and a painter is your sense of measure, your nobility and artistry. Thank you for your warm tones and for your cold tones and for their correlation."
The words "painfully hard" are not merely lip service. Kacharov was never spoilt by fortune's favours. He is bubbling with the energy of resistance. He rejects attempts to place him, his views and his painting among the crop of discoveries permitted in the recent years by glasnost. he has never before craved success regardless of the cost involved and so has never been mentioned in the press for some 40 years.
Oskar Kacharov, the son of a doctor, was born in 1924, in Kiev. He remembers his father who was killed in the Second World War with tenderness and gratitude. His mother was a highly cultured woman who encouraged his artistic interests, and herself had great knowledge and understanding of art.