Spanning over one hundred years of history, the Osipov-Fedorov Dynasty consists of four generations of famous artists. In 1903, the elder representative of the dynasty, Alexander Osipov, began his career in art when he became an apprentice at an icon studio. Today, his granddaughter, Maria, and great-grandsoh Daniil also work as artists in Moscow. The Osipov-Fedorovs represent a line of lyricism in Russian art, continuing the tradition of the great masters: Savrasov, Serov, Levitan and Grabar. Their work is held in Russia's largest national museum - The Tretyakov Gallery - as well as in many other museum and private collections in Russia and abroad. Russian folk ensembles have performed the world over in costumes designed by Maria Fedorova. All members of the family received excellent educations, and graduated from the country's most prestigious institutes of art. While the tradition of large group exhibits still existed, none of them was complete without the works of the Osipov-Fedorovs. Every member of the family (with the exception of Daniil, who is still very young) has been accorded numerous personal exhibits. In the most well known institutions of Moscow and beyond Moscow and Russia, the works of the dynasty have been exhibited. Critics from respected publications, including Artist, Decorative Art, and Russian Heritage have noted the partic-ular feeling of light conveyed by Alexander Osipov, Tamara Osipova and Vladislav Fedorov, as well as the masterful ability of all three to convey the most subtle nuances of mood.
Although their exhibits were widely written about in prominent publications, like the newspaper Pravda and the magazine Ogonyok, in Soviet times, the Osipov-Fedorovs were not showered with favor by those in power. The family was not compelled by the idea of "official art". Personal freedom, achieved by withdrawing into the world of family, home and close associates, was for the Osipov-Fedorovs more important than anything. To these circumstances we owe the profoundly intimate tone conveyed in their portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, self-portraits and genre scenes. These paintings attest to tranquil happiness of this friendly family, and to the extraordinary efforts with which this happiness was guarded.
In the art of the Osipov-Fedorovs, there is something unique and special, the manner of each of them is distinctly recognizable. The noble morality according to which they tuned their life could only be reflected in their art. It wasn't for nothing that the film A Bird of Memory and Hope was made about this family and aired by one of the central television stations (the "Culture" channel). Signs of time may have changed in their paintings, but the moral character of the dynasty has remained the same, along with the noble quality of its art.
Head of Media, State Tretyakov Gallery