About: Zhenya Gershman

I've worked for nearly a decade in the J. Paul Getty Museum's Education Department, participating in interpretation of such exhibitions as Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai, Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference, and Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits. I've been an artist since I made my first "real" drawing at the age of 10. In my native Russia, I was fortunate to be mentored by two academic artists, Orest Vereisky and Leonid Saifertis. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, after a small culture shock, I pursed my art training by obtaining my BFA from Otis Art Institute and an MFA from Art Center College of Design. I show my art nationally and internationally; my current exhibition is titled XII Apostles and can be seen as a response to the Old Masters' obsession with hiding and revealing human body and soul.

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The Language of Drapery

Joseph and Potiphar's Wife (detail), Guido Reni, about 1630

Drapery—artfully folded fabric—has been used by European artists for centuries, from ancient Greek sculpture to contemporary photography. As I prepare for the studio course I’m leading this Wednesday on sketching drapery after the Old Masters, I’ve been thinking about why…. More»

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      I do not like crooked, twisted, blasted trees. I admire them much more if they are tall, straight, and flourishing. I do not like ruined, tattered cottages. I am not fond of nettles or thistles, or heath blossoms. I have more pleasure in a snug farm-house than a watch-tower—and a troop of tidy, happy villages please me better than the finest banditti in the world.”

      Marianne looked with amazement at Edward, with compassion at her sister. Elinor only laughed.

      —Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, published on October 30, 1811

      Wooded Landscape by Paulus Lieder and Landscape with a Bare Tree and a Ploughman by Leon Bonvin, The J. Paul Getty Museum; Fantastic Oak Tree in the Woods, Carl Wilhelm Kolbe the Elder, The Getty Research Institute

      10/30/14

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