Usta Gambar Karabakhi

Usta Gambar Karabakhi
Born Usta Qəmbər Qarabağı
Shusha, Karabakh, Azerbaijan
Died 1905
Shusha, Karabakh, Azerbaijan
Nationality Azerbaijani
Known for Artist

Usta Gambar Karabakhi (Azerbaijani: Usta Qəmbər Qarabağı; 1830s, in Shusha – 1905, in Shusha) was an Azerbaijani ornamentalist painter,[1][2] author of impressive decorative paintings with egg tempera (plant and zoomorphic motifs) in the interior of the Palace of Shaki Khans,[3] in houses of Rustamov and Mehmandarov in Shusha and others.[4][5][6]}


National traditions of wall painting, which is the most valuable legacy of Azerbaijani art, took the main place in the creativity of Usta Gambar Karabakhi. Chased decoration and richness of compositional and color resolutions can be seen in his delicate graphic painting of a complex plant ornament. The painter drew pictures of animals and fantastic beings upon branched ornaments of flowers and plants. The painting also didn't destroy flatness of the wall, but on the contrary, underlined its constructive architectural details.[7]

Later works of Karabakhi, saving a mastery of ancient decorative paintings are distinguished for growth of realistic features in interpretation of distinct graphic motifs. A picture drawn by him in the house of Mehmandarov in Shusha city, where images of deer and pomegranate tree are distinguished for their free interpretation and sappiness of forms, is the most famous picture of the artist. The artist created on the basis of both earlier developed canonized schemes and immediate observations.[8]


  1. Great Soviet Encyclopedia – Usta Gambar Garabaghi.
  2. Под общ. ред. Б.В. Веймарна, Ю.Д. Колпинского (1964). General History of Art. 5. М.: Искусство.
  3. "Usta Gambar Garabaghi". Личности.
  4. "Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic".
  5. "Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast".
  6. "Usta Gambar Garabaghi". Encyclopedias & Dictionaries.
  7. "Image index of Usta Gambar Garabaghi(Azerbaijan), in the Great Soviet encyclopedia". Great Soviet Encyclopedia.
  8. "Usta Gambar Karabakhi". Кавказский узел.

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 7/6/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.