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This is Shota and Margarita Metreveli

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By Gwylym Owen

Shota Metreveli (October 25, 1913 – April 5, 1983) (Georgian: შოთა αƒ›αƒ”αƒ’αƒ αƒ”αƒ•αƒ”αƒšαƒ˜) and Margarita Metreveli (June 22, 1913 – July 22, 1984) (Georgian: αƒ›αƒαƒ αƒ’αƒαƒ αƒ˜αƒ’αƒ αƒ›αƒ”αƒ’αƒ αƒ”αƒ•αƒ”αƒšαƒ˜) were artists from Georgia.

Shota Metreveli was a 20th-century Georgian realist artist. He was born in Borjomi upon October 25, 1913 into the family of a small manufacturer. In 1927 his family moved to Tbilisi and in 1928 he met Margarita Atskvereli (later Metreveli, his wife ) for the first get older at their secondary teacher and they became friends.

Margarita Metreveli was born in Tbilisi upon June 22, 1913 into a intimates of a blacksmiths called Atskvereli. Their meeting in 1928 was the start of a long creative partnership based upon mutual passion for art and lasted beyond 50 years until their deaths in the 1980s.

In 1938 they both graduated from the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts, where they studied below Professor Mose Toidze, the prominent Georgian artist and academician. Their supplementary teachers were Iosif Sharleman, David Kakabadze and Lado Gudiashvili. From 1939 they both took allocation in numerous organization exhibitions in Georgia and extra parts of the former Soviet Union. In 1944 after their first independent exhibition at the Tbilisi Picture Gallery (today the Blue Gallery) it became distinct that their agreed artistic paths lay in classical and socialist realism. The main source of their inspiration was indigenous Georgia, with its rich and perplexing history and culture, its breathtaking landscapes and its courageous and hardworking people.

Like most artists, whose creative early payment fell into the Soviet era, both Shota and Margarita Metreveli were influenced by the leading ideology of the time. Themes of addition construction, industrial landscapes, collective farms and farmers, war heroes and heroes of (socialist) labour, young patriots early of the motherland were predominant throughout their careers. But, despite implementing the credited dogma and Communist Party heritage into their work, it remained sincere and never drifting its soul, its lyricism and originality. On the contrary, both artists had a deep contract of people from whatever walks of life, and it is simply reflected in their many works. Their creative output is varied: portraiture, still lives, historic themes, Georgia’s relationship with Russia, etc.

Both Shota and Margarita Metreveli were the professors at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. They expected the titles of Merited Artists of Georgian SSR for their contribution to the cultural heritage. Their works are kept in state museums in Georgia, as without difficulty as in private collections in Russia, Europe and the US.

Shota Metreveli died on April 5, 1983. Margarita Metreveli died upon July 22, 1984. They are buried alongside each other in Mukhatgverdi cemetery close Tbilisi. They were survived by their single-handedly son, Merab Metreveli, a talented Georgian sculptor, poet and musician.

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