extraordinary event took place in A.A.Osmerkin Art-Memorial Museum. The museum collection
was replenished by works of A.A.Osmerkin's student - Iosif Naumovich Vaisblat.
Unfortunately, the majority of the painter's works disappeared without a
trace during the 1940s - 1950s or got to private collections in Russia, the USA, Germany.
That is why landscapes: "Botanic garden", "Silver pine forest" and
linocuts: "Hydra of communism", "Towards the daybreak",
"Wedding" made during the 1960s, given to the museum by Candidate of Technical
Sciences, researcher of problems of historical topography of Babiy Yar Lev E. Drobjazko,
became a special present to the museum before the celebration of the 120th anniversary of
A.Osmerkin. These works brightly reflect pictorial and colour tastes of I.Vaisblat, his
creative philosophy and world-view.
Iosif Vaisblat was born in 1897 in Kiev. From 1912 to 1918 he studied in Kiev
Art College in workshop of famous Ukrainian painter Fedor G. Krichevski. In 1920
N.Vaisblat moved to Moscow to study at State Free Art Workshops, which later were
reorganized into Higher Art-Technical Workshops and since 1927 - Higher Art-Technical
Institute. Iosif Vaisblat attended sculpture workshop of Sergey Volnuhin and Boris
Korolev, and at the same time he received pictorial skills at A.A.Osmerkin's workshop.
Iosif Vaisblat was a member of Moscow organization of the Union of artists, a
participant of numerous art exhibitions in Moscow and Kiev, but at the beginning of the
1950s a sad fate of representatives of creative intelligentsia of the USSR overtook him -
an arrest and years of Stalin's camps. He reflected these pages of his life with a
documentary precision in a series of paintings "Arrest", and his attitude to
totalitarian society as a phenomenon in linocuts "Hydra of communism",
"Towards the daybreak" and others made at the beginning of the 1960s.
A deep feeling of national belonging was a characteristic feature of
I.Vaisblat's creative work. The painter showed everyday life of the Jews with a joyful
right and philosophic view in his works "Life", "Wedding",
"Passions", in the series of theme drawings.
Iosif N. Vaisblat died in 1979 in Moscow. His creative work had been
forgotten for a long time. Only after the disintegration of the USSR and assertion of
Ukrainian State I.Vasblat's works took their deserved place and were exhibited at Kiev
vernisages - in such galleries as "Tadzio", "Mystets", in the Museum
of History of Kiev, at the exhibitions "Jewish theme in the works of Kiev
painters" in "Ukrainski dom" in Kiev, and "Jewish culture in
Ukraine" in London.
In 2001 exhibition of his works from L.E.Drobjazko's private collection was
successfully opened in Kirovograd A.A.Osmerkin Art-Memorial Museum on December 6, before
the celebration of the 109th anniversary of A.A.Osmerkin.