Kutateladze, Apollon Karamanovich
Born Dec. 25, 1899 (Jan. 6, 1900), in Khoni, present-day Tsulukidze, Georgian SSR; died June 25, 1972, in Tbilisi. Soviet painter. People’s Artist of the USSR (1970); corresponding member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1967).
In 1926, Kutateladze graduated from the Tbilisi Academy of Arts where he had studied under G. Gabashvili and E. E. Lansere. Beginning in 1943 he taught at the academy, receiving a professorship there in 1946. He became the academy’s director in 1959. Kutateladze executed historical paintings (Sergo Ordzhonikidze Appeals to the Mountaineers to Defend the City of Groznyi, 1938, Oblast Museum of Local Lore, Cherkessk; The Hunt of Tsaritsa Tamara, 1970), genre paintings (Happy Harvest, 1953, Art Museum of the Georgian SSR, Tbilisi), landscapes, and portraits. His works are marked by emotion-packed images, tense contrasts of color, and dynamic brushwork. Kutateladze was awarded two orders and various medals.