Georgi Yakulov (Gevorg Yakulyan) (2(14). 1.1884, Tiflis-28.12.1928, Yerevan) is an Armenian artist, art theorist. In 1893-1901 he studied at Lazarev Institute in Moscow Georgi Yakulov -  Fight of the Amazons. National Gallery of Armenia.and Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in 1901-1903. In 1903 he joined the Caucasian regiment, then in 1904-1905 Yakulov took part in Russian-Japanese war. Georgi Yakulov’s “Horse Racing” (1905), “Roosters” (1907), “Café-chantant” (1912) and other paintings were exhibited in Moscow.

In 1910’s  he visited Italy, France and Germany where met the great  artists of the time, studied the history of art, and his theoretical conclusions summarized in the article “Blue Sun” (1914). 

In his paintings Yakulov combined the cultural traditions of East and West. Yakulov’s theory of the connection of light and line, as well as the liveliness in  colours  was widely used in theaters. The stage design  by Yakulov (“The Exchange” by P. ClaudelGeorgi Yakulov -"Mise en scène" (sketch of "Giroflé-Girofla"). National Gallery of Armenia. (1918), “Princess Brambilla” by E. T. A. Hoffmann (1920), “Giroflé-Girofla” by Ch. Lecocq (1922)) was highly appreciated in Paris. Yakulov opposed to the artists of “Mir Isskutva” and defined new principles, emphasized  the importance of the combination of architectural decors and fine art in stage design. He considered it to be a constructive style. Romantic spirit, pathetic, monumental style are typical to his decorations. 

In 1914 Yakulov with A. Myasnikyan and A. Jivelegov protested against vandalism of Armenian culture. In 1917 his five paintings were exhibited in the exhibition organized by the union of Armenian artists in Tiflis. 

Georgi Yakulov- Costume design for "Oedipus the King". National Gallery of Armenia.In 1918 Georgi Yakulov took part in the foundation of Moscow dramatic studio (he was head of the department of  decorations), he decorated such performances as “Honorable Beggars”  by H. Paronyan (1924), “Pepo” by G. Sundukyan. Yakulov with S. Yesenin, A. Marienhoff and V. Shershenyevich made and signed the first declaration of the imagists in 1919. He decorated “Merchant of Venice” by W. Shakespeare (1926), “The Steel Step” by S. Prokofiev (1927, Paris, cenario by Georgi Yakulov) 

Georgi Yakulov had exhibitions in Yerevan (1959, 1967, 1975, 1984), Moscow (1975). In 1964 Union of Supporters of Yakulov ‘s Art was founded in Paris. His paintings are kept in the National Gallery of Armenia, Moscow Tretyakov Gallery, Theatrical Museum after A. Bakhrushin.


Source- “Who is Who. The Armenians” encyclopedia, volume II, chief-editor Hovh. Ayvazyan, Yerevan, 2007.

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