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Gabashvili was born in Tbilisi,
Georgia, then part of the Russian Empire. He was trained at the
Academies of St. Petersburg (1886-1888) and Munich (1894-1897).
Returning to his homeland, he became the first artist honoured with a
personal exhibition in Tbilisi.
From 1900 to 1920, he taught at the art
school operated by the Caucasian Society for the Promotion of the Fine
Arts. Gabashvili was one of the founding professors of the Tbilisi
Academy of Arts in 1922 and was granted the title of the People's Artist
of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1929.
Gabashvili remained a
staunch realist and made known his opposition to left-wing art.
in Tsikhisdziri, Adjara, in 1936.
Gabashvili’s work was particularly influential since he was the
first Georgian realistic artist to cover a wide range of subjects, both
in oils and watercolour, including portraits, landscapes and scenes of
everyday life. He is best known however for his series of vivid
portraits of peasants, townsmen, and noblemen.
Most of his works are now
on display at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Tbilisi.
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