Often (incorrectly) identified online as Helium Korzhev or Helium M. Korzhev-Shevelev or some variation thereof.

Geliy Mikhailovich Korzhev-Chuvelev (Russian: Гелий Михайлович Коржев-Чувелёв; 7 July 1925 – 27 August 2012); Russian painter.

The artist studied at Moscow State Art School from 1939 to 1944 under V. V. Pochitalov, M.V. Dobroserdov, and A.O. Barshch. From 1944 to 1950 he studied at the Moscow State Art Institute under S.V. Gerasimov and V.V. Pochitalov. A painter in Soviet approved style of Socialist Realism, he continued to be active after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and remained a supporter of Communism.

The retrospective of Gely Korzhev at the Tretyakov Gallery is one of the most eagerly awaited shows in recent years. In today’s Russia, Korzhev’s art sounds a poignant and vital note. In a class of its own, his work was never fully understood by his contemporaries, just as it has yet to be fully appreciated by subsequent generations. His paintings, however, can provide an invaluable key to understanding the history of post-war Russian art, locating it within the broader context of world art of the second half of the 20th century.

There has never been a Korzhev exhibition on this scale before in Russia, and it pays worthy tribute to the exceptional diversity, complexity and depth of the artist's work...

The timeframe covered is just as impressive, with every stage of Korzhev's artistic journey reflected in the works exhibited, from the paintings of the 1940s which he created as a student in evacuation to works he produced in the seclusion of his studio in the final years of his life.

...Korzhev's essentially humanist approach is a key feature of his work, setting him aside from other masters of figurative art of the second half of the 20th century such as the British artists Francis Bacon or Lucian Freud....
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