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PANAS YARMOLENKO

Portraits of My Region
Biographical history of Panas Yarmolenko, an artist from Pereyaslav, told by his relatives and recorded by Halyna Shchupak

Panas Yarmolenko was born in 1886 in the  village of Mala Karatul' in Pereyaslav area.
Like most village residents his parents were peasants.  They had one hectare of land where they worked together with their children. The  family had five children: four sons and daughter. Three children died at the young age. Only Panas and his younger brother survived. Both brothers were in the army during World  War I. In the photographs of the time preserved in the family archive Panas  Yarmolenko is in uniform of the Tsarist Russian army.
Returning from the army in 1917 Panas Yarmolenko married a girl from the neighboring village of Letski. Her name was Ulyana Cherednychenko.
The artist had two daughters: Yakylyna (b. 1918) and Halya (b. 1923).
Before the war he worked at the collective farm. The eldest daughter Yakylyna remembered that her father worked a lot in the fields, like all peasants, but every spare moment he spent on painting. He painted both landscapes of his native Pereyaslav area and genre scenes. But best of all he managed portraits of his fellow villagers, relatives, family. The greatest number of his paintings remained in his native viilage Mala Karatul and in Letski where the artist wife's family lived. In his portraits we can see the history of Pereyaslav region: children, teachers, farmers, beekeepers, military people, old and young - people of this land. People of this land are looking at us from his portraits as if saying: "We were like this, and what are you now?"
The artist died on May 23, 1953
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        Yarmolenko family, 1944
          Self-portrait, 1943
        Portrait of Ivan Lytyak, 1935
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        Village of Mala Karatul'  Portrait of Yakylyna Yarmolenko, 1953         Portrait of Mother, 1930s
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   Boy & Girl At the Well, 1930s   Portrait of Taras Shevchenko, 1934         Portrait of Oksana Mishchenko

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November 23, 2014

 
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