Fedor Z. Zakharov (Russian, 1919-1994)

The landscapes of Fedor Zakharov were introduced to Americans beginning in the nineteen nineties when the first examples of Russian Impressionism were exhibited in galleries on both coasts and in the American southwest. Zakharov’s paintings, with their broad strokes, abstraction, and adherence to realistic form, immediately garnered admiration from both collectors and American painters. Zakharov studied at the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow just after WWII. Among his instructors was the famed educator and painter Sergei V. Gerasimov (1885-1964), himself a student of the internationally famous Konstantin Korovin (1861-1939). The legacy of Zakharov’s mentors is evident in the sweeping, expressive form of his brushstrokes. The immediacy and power of his landscapes are coupled with the sensitivity of an exceptional colorist. Zakharov was not an initiator of new forms or ideas, but instead a virtuoso in a classical sense with the ability to make a known subject seem new again. His art continues to win new admirers and furthers the case that mid twentieth century Russian painting is one of the strongest and least recognized schools of the twentieth century.