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Anatoly Dverin "American Impressionist"

Anatoly Dverin Book

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This 180 page hard cover book has hundreds of full color reproductions of Anatoly's crowning achievements and shares many of his life's intimate details that help define Anatoly and his work.

Excerpt from Anatoly Dverin American Impressionist:

   "From childhood, drawing was my father's passion. For a short period of time, he attended an art school and although his schooling was rather scarce, a governor, once passing by a storefront window where a few of my father's watercolors were displayed, noted his talent. He offered my father the chance to continue his studies in Paris, gave him a recommendation letter addressed to the governor's brother, who was then residing in Paris, and even promised financial support for the duration of his studies.  My father did not go.Anatoly Dverin age 10
   Times were difficult, and he had to help feed his large family with five other siblings. Instead of going to Paris to study art, he went to work. In 1914, World War I broke out, and my father was drafted. Luckily, he survived the war. He returned home from the front in 1917, the year of the Russian Revolution. And although he returned safe and unscathed, he had yet to undergo many more severe trials: endless gang raids and pogroms.
   He got married in 1923 to a girl named Faina who lived next door. She had moved there with her parents from the city of Cherkass and was a seamstress in a sewing workshop. I was their second child, born eleven years after my sister, Alexandra, in July 1935 in Dnepropetrovsk (formerly, Ekaterinoslav).
   Little remains in my memory of our pre-war years. I remember just a few short episodes. My father worked ceaselessly and I hardly ever saw him. He earned his living by illustrating signs and banners. He painted portraits of the country's leaders and with a group of designers decorated the city for the various Soviet holidays.
Anatoly Dverin Birth Home   A few years before my birth, a near-tragic incident in connection to these portraits shook my father and our entire family. The early 1930's were exceptionally difficult years of hunger, and in Ukraine, in the middle of the street one could see people dropping down dead from starvation. My father's older brother, who immigrated to America in 1912, was somehow successful in sending my family a few packages with foodstuffs, and on a couple of occasions, small amounts of money (eight to ten dollars) that they would exchange for food. It came to the point that to buy food, my parents had to trade their wedding bands. A government organization by the name of "Torgsin" handled these type of exchanges.
   It was late at night, in 1932, that GPU (later known as KGB) agents came to our door demanding dollars and gold. We had neither of the two hence my father was arrested and thrown into a jail cell along with criminals. He was to remain there indefinitely. It was a simple arrangement. Those who had the gold gave it up and were released, those who did not were destined to die in jail."
 

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