A real connoisseur of Art cannot imagine Armenian painting without Martiros Saryan, an outstanding artist of modern times. His style was grounded in the world painting tradition and deeply rooted in Armenian national culture. He made widely used folk themes and motives and breathed new life into them by enriching them with new expressive devices, with skilful combination of pure and vivid colors achieving perfection in this. Saryan is said to have returned pure undiluted unique line and color of famous Armenian miniature art to Armenian painting. His creations, of early period particularly, developed in France under the influence of new tendencies of Russian and French art, produced the most effective and powerful art, unique by its original style. Saryan’s bold quest for a new style of expression, which earned him the name of “Sky-blue Fauvist” in Paris, established its name at a most eminent place in the art of the 20th century.
Armenians call Saryan the pride of the nation and the bard of the revival of Yerevan and Armenia. The organization of the State Picture Gallery was entrusted to Martiros Saryan.
Guesting in Yerevan you cannot fail to visit the monument to Saryan, erected in a lovely park in the center of Yerevan, where painters and art lovers gather on holidays and weekends. Here you can buy and commission paintings. You have all chances to acquire a work of art by a painter of a big name in the coming future.
A short walk from this park along the street named after Martiros Saryan will take you to one of the most popular landmarks of Yerevan – the great artist’s house museum. The museum was founded in 1967 during his lifetime, by annexing a new structure for the exhibition of his pictures to his small home and studio. The facade is decorated with mosaic on painter’s sketches on Armenian landscapes. For the period of more than 30 years of its existence the museum increased the number of pictures from 50 up to 220 works.
Here you can get full information on the painter’s life and work as well as enjoy his wonderful pictures praising the beauty of his native country and its people. You are sure to be carried away with paintings of different periods hanging on the walls of 6 halls of the three-storied building. His last picture “Fairy Tale” still stands on the easel in his studio.
April-September: every day 10.00-17.00, Wednesday – 10.00-16.00
October-March: every day 11.00-16.30, Wednesday – 11.00-15.00
Thursday – Museum Closed
Entrance fee – 600 drams
For students, pensioners and pupils – 300 drams
Guided visit (in Russian, English) – 2500 drams
3, Saryan st., Yerevan
Tel: (374.1) 581.762