A. The brush master devoted his whole life to art. An inexhaustible torch of inspiration burned in his heart. Great creativity revealed his deep inner world, and a great love for people reigned in his soul.
The artist grew up in a Ukrainian, peasant family. His father was a merchant, his mother was engaged in housekeeping. The boy’s parents passed away early. Anton became an orphan. He was taken up by an aunt who supported her nephew with care. Since childhood, the future artist had outstanding musical and artistic abilities. He loved to sing, draw, and be creative.
At the age of seven, his relatives sent him to Petersburg to a singing court choir. The boy sang beautifully and chantingly. He liked this occupation, but his love of art won. In 1758, the young man successfully entered the Academy of Fine Arts. He studied five and a half years of painting with a master brush Argunov. At the school, Losenko helped teachers in matters. The apprentice position made him very happy!
Later, the young man was sent by the Academy teachers to Paris for an internship. Together with him, the architect V.K. Bazhenov went on a trip abroad. Under the leadership of a colleague, J. Retoux, he created the ingenious artistic masterpiece "Wonderful Catch." The painting reflects the biblical plot of the classics with the image of Christ. Catherine II identified the canvas in the Imperial Hermitage. She was sincerely admired by the work of the gifted artist. Losenko painted portraits of poets, artists, actors.
The French Academy awarded him 3 silver medals for well-deserved work. From 1766-1769, Anton Pavlovich worked in Italy, where he studied the ancient Roman culture. He copied the paintings of Raphael, created stories on antique themes. The artist devoted a lot of time to works in the style of “nude”. He was attracted by the beauty of a naked human body.
In 1769 he worked in St. Petersburg, where he created the brilliant canvas "Vladimir and Rogneda." For him, the artist was honorably awarded the highest award of the Academician of Historical Painting. Later A. Losenko became an assistant to the professor, and then received the title of professor and managerial post of director of the Academy of Arts, where he worked until the end of his life. He taught students, created textbooks, introducing new developments in artistic pedagogy.
The year 1773 was marked by the creation of the work “Farewell of Hector to Andromache”. Anton Pavlovich did not have time to finish it. He was drawn into public intrigues and was seriously worried about his unjust attitude. This greatly interfered with his work. The artist became isolated, sought solitude, was subject to depression. His forces were very undermined. He became seriously ill, and died of dropsy in December 1773.
The memory of the wonderful painter is forever alive! His artwork is world famous.