In 2008, Moisei Feigin was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest working artist on the planet at that time. Then he was 103 years old.
In recent years, Moses Feigin almost went blind, nevertheless he continued to write. “He couldn't live without painting. Many of these paintings, - says the artist's daughter Anna, - Feigin painted at night. " He outlived both his students and his teachers, among whom were Konchalovsky, I Mashkov and Osmerkin - members of the legendary avant-garde group "Jack of Diamonds".
When asked how he relates to the work of the great artists of the past, Feigin just brushed it off: "They are all boys: Rubens and Leonardo and Rembrandt." As an artist, Moses Feigin took place precisely in the last decades of his life, when he got the opportunity to paint what he himself wanted. Prior to that, for many years, like many at that time, he was forced to earn a living by official orders - portraits of members of the Politburo.
"Once he was ordered a four-story Stalin's head for a skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya embankment. To evaluate his work, the artist had to climb to the height of the 29th floor of an unfinished building several times a day", - says the artist's grandson Leonid Feigin.
"In 1959, the American National Exhibition was held in Moscow. The exposition of contemporary US art seemed to liberate the artist. Since then, his paintings resemble some kind of endless carnival, where all the heroes are tragic", - says the artist's daughter Anna Feigin.
The exhibition at the Pushkin Museum will show only a small part of the creative heritage of Moses Feigin. And it's not that the museum didn't have enough space. It's just that most of the canvases were destroyed by the artist himself during his lifetime, — explains the curator of the exhibition, Anna Chuditskaya. — Because of poverty, which, however, Moses Feigin himself raised to a principle, he did not buy new canvases, but smeared the old ones: he painted new paintings from above. Similar to how icon painters did it. So, looking at any of these canvases, viewers can only guess what is hidden under the many layers of paints by Moses Feigin.