Art Lovers Say Last Good-Bye To People’S Artist Of Armenia Eduard Is


Noyan Tapan
Aug 22, 2007

YEREVAN, AUGUST 22, NOYAN TAPAN. The art loving public said its last
good-bye to People’s Artist of Armenia, Honorary Citizen of Yerevan,
laureate of state awards, Professor Eduard Isabekian at the hall
of the Alexander Spendiarian National Academic Theatre of Opera and
Ballet on August 22.

Academician Fadey Sargsian, who has been a close friend of Master for
decades, said that it is impossible for all those who knew him not
to appreciate human qualities of Isabekian. "He continued to create
even in the last years of his life when he lost his eyesight," the
academician noted.

According to the poet Ludvig Durian, E.Isabekian was not only a great
artist but also a great patriot. His art was related to existence,
personality, sorrows and victories of an Armenian.

"Those 20 years, during which E. Isabekian was the head of the
National Picture Gallery of Armenia, won recognition for us in the
Soviet countries and across the world," the current director of the
picture gallery Paravon Mirzoyan stated. In his words, the artist
made a great contribution as a teacher as well: many famous modern
artists took lessons of mastery at the studio of E. Isabekian.

"With great respect I bow down to the memory of the celebrated artist
Eduard Isabekian and express my condolences to the Armenian people,"
actor Ashot Adamian said, adding that he met with the Master many a
time but perhaps his best recollections will be the canvases created
by E. Isabekian.

The last farewell ceremony was attended by the Armenian president
Robert Kocharian, the deputy prime minister Hovik Abrahamian, the
mayor of Yerevan Yervand Zakharian, other high-ranking officials.

E. Isabekian was buried at Yerevan ‘s Pantheon after Komitas.